The Professional Standards Division provides law enforcement training with an emphasis on professionalism and service to the community to all members of the UPD, and also provides support to the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office Protective Services Division. Firearms training and other collaborative training support is provided to all members of the Office of the Sheriff, which includes the Unified Police Department, Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Bureau and Protective Services Division.

Firearms Training Unit

The Unified Police Department's Firearms Training Center sits on 40 acres of land in Parley's Canyon owned and operated by the UPD. It consists of 5 environmentally-safe ranges. The facility has a 3,200 square foot building which consists of classroom, armory, FATS room and offices.

The Firearms unit conducts training in taser, pepper spray, less lethal, pistol training, rifle training and firearms training simulation. In addition to training, the Firearms unit conducts certification and repair of over 2,000 weapons currently in service.

The unit conducts training for Corrections Officers, Protective Service Officers, Deputies, S.W.A.T. and Corrections M-CIRT. This training occurs for 12 months of the year allowing for training in all kinds of weather that Utah is famous for.

All Firearms Unit members undergo extensive training in all areas of firearms repair and training, being certified by each weapons manufacturer used by the UPD.

Reserve Officers

The Unified Police Department has a Reserve Officer program that is administered and coordinated by the Professional Standards Division. Reserve Officers may be selected by contacting the Human Resources Division and then by appointment of the Sheriff. Candidates must have current certification as a Law Enforcement Officer trough an approved Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training course and at least one year previous experience as a full-time peace officer.

The program is overseen and coordinated by a UPD sergeant assigned to the UPD Training unit. The Reserve Officer position is a voluntary non-paid position. Reserves are expected to volunteer 20 hours a month, which may include any required training. The purpose of the Reserve program is to augment the operational needs of the UPD in a cost-effective manner on an on-going basis. Reserve Officers may choose to volunteer their time working patrol shifts, or they may be asked to assist in their areas of expertise, such as training, investigations, or special operations. In addition they may be called up to emergency call-outs, and assist at parades and community events.

Training Unit

The Unified Police Department Training Unit is responsible to provide the initial and continuing training to all the Unified Police Departments sworn and unsworn personnel as needed. The staff is dedicated to provide quality training programs that reflect the needs of the organization and the ever changing environment in which we operate. With this goal in mind, the Unit provides UPD officers and civilians with the necessary knowledge and skills to fulfill the objectives of the UPD Vision and Mission.

Youth Cadet Program

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Professional Standards

Chief Jason Ackerman