Below is a complete list of local government contracts and agreements in our document library. You can also search for keywords using the search box below. Bellevue was established in 1953 and the police service was created by the Municipal Ordinance #8 on April 28, 1953.  Chief G.L. «Jerry» Plowman has been appointed Chief of Police. By May 1953, the staff consisted of four officers (Chief Plowman, Sgt. George Whitman and Officers Bob Sollitto and Jack Allen), and service was 24 hours a day. The first police headquarters was in Chief Plowman`s house in surrey Downs, where phone calls were received and the front porch light was turned on to warn Chief Plowman of passing for orders. The police headquarters was moved to a rented room in the former V.F.W. Room, and in 1954, a former school on 100th Avenue and Main Street became the new home of the city of Bellevue.
During the department`s landmark years, surrounding departments, including king County Police and the Washington State Patrol, helped BPD`s new employees get started, and the city of Kirkland rented space in its jail for Bellevue in 1954. Until 1955, Bellevue had a population of 9,000, and there were 10 officers working for the department. In October 1960, the department moved into new neighborhoods on 106th Avenue NE and NE 8th Street. Patrol Operations, which includes the traffic unit, is the largest and most visible section of the department. Other units within Patrol are the Bicycle Patrol, the Downtown Unit, the Community Stations at Crossroads and Factoria, and the K-9 Unit. Special patrol tasks include special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), Bomb Squad, Crisis Response Team, Crowd Control, Crime Scene Investigators (CSI), Field Training Officers (FTO) and Honor Guard. After several years of personnel challenges, Bellevue Police Leadership was almost full in 2019, with few vacancies, mostly for newly mandated personnel. Despite the lack of staff in the past, Bellevue residents have seen a decline in property breaches for the fifth consecutive year.
In 2018, burglaries decreased by 21% and car trains by 20% compared to 2017. Bellevue still enjoys a very low crime rate compared to cities of similar size. Bellevue`s De Police Sector Captain program continues to successfully connect The people of Bellevue with the area captains responsible for their defined area. Chief Steve Mylett began the program in 2015, when he saw the need for a direct point of contact for Bellevue residents or businesses with questions or concerns related to crime or policing. The city is divided into three sectors, the north, west and south. Citizen Advisory Councils were created as an important part of the Bellevue Tomorrows program. The program aims to review the results of past and current Bellevue Police Directorate`s directives, practices and procedures in order to make lasting improvements for the future. The six Citizen Advisory Councils include a large section of the Bellevue community.
The first Citizens` Advisory Council was established in early 2016 with the African American Advisory Council. . . .