Meet Burien Police Captain Tom Calabrese

Captain Calabrese joined the Burien Police Department as its new captain in April 2023.

Captain Tom Calabrese has served Burien for almost two decades. The first 16 years of his 23-year career with King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) have been in Precinct 4, an area that covers White Center and Burien.

Starting as a patrol deputy in the City of Burien in 2000, he was later promoted to master police officer and then served as a special emphasis team (SET) detective. In 2016, he became a patrol sergeant in the Sound Transit Division, where he was promoted to captain in 2021.

Captain Calabrese joined the Burien Police Department as its new captain in April 2023.

He is a graduate of Kentwood High School and Green River Community College.

Why did you choose a law enforcement career?

“I had worked several ‘dead-end jobs’ and was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. A family friend who was in law enforcement recommended it as a career. I initially wanted nothing to do with it, but then I did a ‘ride-along’ [where a civilian rides in the passenger seat of an emergency vehicle to observe the responder’s work shift] and every facet of the job clicked for me. I had found my calling.”

Why did you choose to come back and serve Burien?

“I came back to Burien and Precinct 4 because this is where I got my start as a young deputy and spent the first 16 years of my career here. It has always been home to me and when this opportunity presented itself, I couldn’t say no. I also came back because I hope and want to have an impact on the current generation of officers that are working in Burien. I would want the community to know that I truly care for Burien and want to see it flourish.” 

Emily Inlow-Hood
Communications & Public Engagement Manager at 
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