Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office



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:

  • Community Relations
  • Crimes Against Public Order and Decency
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Excited Delirium and Agitated Chaotic Events
  • Reasonable Force
  • Response to Mental Health Crisis
  • Generational Perspectives
  • Riots and Disturbances
  • In-Custody Restraint Application
  • Decency
  • Deputies

    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:

  • Sexual Harassment
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Legal Updates
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • First Aid/CPR (Biannually)
  • For the last five years Sheriff’s Office deputies have received training on the following topics:

  • 2019-2020 training cycle:
    • Situational Awareness
    • Defensive Tactics*
    • Invisible Disabilities
    • Generational Perspectives
    • First Aid/CPR
  • 2018-2019 training cycle:
    • Managing Your Ego
    • Defensive Tactics*
    • Customer Service
    • Communications/Relations
    • Riot and Disturbances
  • 2017-2018 training cycle:
    • PTSD Awareness
    • Defensive Tactics*
    • Transgender Communication
    • PREA Update (Prison Rape Elimination Act)
  • 2016-2017 training cycle:
    • Officer Involved Critical Incidents
    • Defensive Tactics*
    • Offender Supervision Strategies
  • 2015-2016 training cycle:
    • Grievances and Appeals
    • Defensive Tactics*
    • Conflict Resolution
    • Decency

    * 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.

    Additional Training Information

    Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)

    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.

    Salt Lake County

    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 Sheriff's Office Use of Force Policy

    Click here to download the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office Use of Force Policy.

    Diversity in the Sheriff's Office

    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:

  • Changing recruitment efforts. Today 27% of our sworn staff identify as a person of color.
  • Championing statewide policy change. In 2019 the Utah State Legislature authorized a pilot program allowing Salt Lake County to hire deputies at age 19. This has improved our ability to recruit and hire a more diverse workforce.
  • Developing accommodations for refugees. By adapting the traditional background check for refugees, we were able break down a hiring barrier and in April 2020 the first refugee to utilize the process graduated the academy.