Tacoma at a glance
Population by race and Hispanic origin
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Full-time law enforcement staff, Tacoma Police Department
- 321 Officers
- 38 Civilian staff
Full-time law enforcement officers per 1,000 residents
- 1.45 Tacoma
- 1.6 National average, cities with 100,000 to 249,999 population
- 2.2 National average
These figures reflect the Tacoma Police Department only, and do not include state or other police agencies that may be present in this location.
Federal grant funding for Tacoma
Data was last updated November 28, 2022
We identified over $7.5M in federal grant funding, FY 2013-2023
Grant funding over time
Grant funding by federal department
|Amount||Start and end dates||Recipient and description||Awarding agency||CFDA program||Type|
|CITY OF TACOMA WASHINGTON THE EDWARD BYRNE MEMORIAL JUSTICE ASSISTANCE GRANT (JAG) PROGRAM ALLOWS UNITS OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT, INCLUDING TRIBES, TO SUPPORT A BROAD RANGE OF ACTIVITIES TO PREVENT AND CONTROL CRIME BASED ON THEIR OWN STATE AND LOCAL NEEDS AND CONDITIONS. GRANT FUNDS CAN BE USED FOR STATE AND LOCAL INITIATIVES, …||Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs||16.738 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program||Prime|
|CITY OF TACOMA WASHINGTON COMMUNITY VIOLENCE INTERVENTION||Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs||16.738 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program||Prime|
|CITY OF TACOMA WASHINGTON CITY OF TACOMA AND PIERCE COUNTY DISPARATE RESPONSE TO THE EDWARD BYRNE JUSTICE ASSISTANCE GRANT||Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs||16.738 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program||Prime|
|CITY OF TACOMA WASHINGTON FY 2019 JAG PROGRAM FOR CITY AND COUNTY||Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs||16.738 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program||Prime|
Military equipment transfers
We were unable to locate any military equipment transfers for this location using the LESO Property Transferred to Participating Agencies database published by the Defense Logistics Agency. It is possible that this location has acquired military equipment for policing via other sources or programs.
Local police misconduct data, consent decrees, and settlements
Data last updated June 1, 2023
We identified 2 publicly reported settlements that resulted in $12,000,000.00 in monetary compensation to victims.
In March 2022, the Pierce County Police Department reached a $4 million settlement in a wrongful death suit with the family of Manuel Ellis, a Black man killed by police in March 2020.
In March 2020, 33-year-old Manuel Ellis was stopped by Tacoma police officers while he was walking home from a convenience store with a box of doughnuts and a bottle of water. Witnesses testified that the officers attacked without provocation. The three officers involved held Ellis to the ground on his chest by kneeling, despite Ellis expressing that he could not breathe. Two Pierce County sheriffs responded to the scene and assisted in handcuffing and hogtieing Ellis. In September 2021, Ellis’ family filed a federal lawsuit over his death and a settlement was agreed upon the following March.
The City of Tacoma agreed to an $8 million settlement of a lawsuit filed by a man who was paralyzed during a police shooting in 2011.
Officer Kristopher Clark shot Than Orn’s vehicle ten times when Orn tried to swerve around Clark’s patrol car, which was blocking the exit of an apartment building parking lot. After the shooting, Orn was charged with assault on a police officer but was later acquitted of those charges in a jury trial. Orn is now paralyzed from the chest down.