Tacoma Police Department

The Tacoma Police Department (TPD) is the primary law enforcement agency for the city of Tacoma, Washington, United States.[1] The TPD employs 334 sworn officers and 38 civilian employees.[2] The Chief of Police is Mike Ake.[3]

Tacoma Police Department
Agency overview
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionTacoma, Washington, United States
General nature
Operational structure
Police Officers334
Agency executive
  • Don Ramsdell, Chief of Police
Tacoma Police Crown Victoria on Patrol

Controversies and misconductEdit

On March 3, 2020, Manuel Ellis, a black man, died while in TPD custody. Ellis said "I can't breathe" several times before his death.[4]

In 2021, several people were hit by an officer in a police car, causing multiple injuries. The officer was responding to reports of vehicles doing doughnuts in the street.[5][6][7]


  1. ^ Tacoma Police Department Official Website
  2. ^ [FBI UCR - Washington. (2017) Retrieved from https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2017/crime-in-the-u.s.-2017/tables/table-78/table-78-state-cuts/washington.xls]
  3. ^ Tacoma Police Chief's Welcome
  4. ^ Baker, Mike (June 5, 2020). "Before the Death of Manuel Ellis, a Witness Told the Police: 'Stop Hitting Him'". The New York Times. Retrieved January 25, 2020.
  5. ^ "Pedestrian run over by Tacoma officer surrounded by crowd; incident caught on camera". KIRO. Retrieved January 24, 2021.
  6. ^ Alta Spells. "Tacoma police officer drives through crowd, leaving at least one person injured, officials say". CNN. Retrieved January 24, 2021.
  7. ^ "Tacoma officer drives police car through crowd, injuring at least 2 in Washington state". USA TODAY. Retrieved January 24, 2021.

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