During the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office academy, cadets complete 13 weeks of required courses as set forth by the Utah Department of Public Safety Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). These courses focus on interactions with people, incorporate de-escalation techniques, and provide cultural sensitivity training and diversity education. The academy also provides multiple courses in ethics, leadership, and professionalism.Classes include:
Annually, deputies are required to complete 40 hours of state mandated in-service training to maintain POST certification. Our trainings reinforce de-escalation techniques and remind deputies that their presence and verbal commands are essential to achieving safe outcomes while using minimal force, if force is necessary at all.Annually, deputies receive training on these topics:
* Defensive tactics focuses on the principles and practical aspects of personal safety. De-escalation techniques are included in these trainings as well as all use of force trainings.
Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) is a specialized training that teaches law enforcement the skills necessary to intervene in situations involving a person experiencing a mental health crisis; it includes de-escalation tactics. Due to the value of this training, the Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with CIT Metro, offer multiple CIT classes each year. To date, 210 sworn and civilian members of the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office are CIT certified.
As a department within Salt Lake County, our sworn and civilian staff are required to complete a variety of annual trainings. In 2019 all supervisors completed implicit bias training.
Salt Lake County is a member of the Unified Police Department. Click here to see information related to their law enforcement training and polices.
The Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office strives to employ a diverse workforce that mirrors the community we serve. Over the last three years Sheriff Rivera has taken a number of actions to promote diversity including: