Andrew Popochock has been sworn in as the new assistant chief of the Bellevue Police Department. Popochock began his law enforcement career with Bellevue in 2003 and has served throughout the department in both the investigations and patrol divisions. His leadership has led to organizational changes that have increased the department’s efficiency while focusing on officer and community involvement in the decision-making process.
“Andrew’s experience, leadership and dedication to serving Bellevue for the past 19 years make him the right person for the job,” said Chief Wendell Shirley. “His passion and proven commitment to community policing and engagement will further strengthen our community connection.”
Popochock has most recently been the Planning, Research, and Program Management Major, a new position that focuses on law enforcement programs from a community engagement lens. These programs include the Advisory Councils, developing and deploying the Community Crisis Assistance Team pilot program, and the body-worn camera program.
“I am humbled with the opportunity to help guide Bellevue forward and will work tirelessly to ensure the safety and feeling of safety of everyone who lives, works and visits this city,” said Assistant Chief Popochock. “It is essential to me that we continue to bridge the gap between the police department and community so that everyone is recognized and included in the work we do.”
During his career, Popochock’s assignments have included Field Training Officer, SWAT Commander and Civil Disturbance Unit Commander. Prior to serving in the Planning, Research, and Program Management Division, he led the Patrol Division for over two and a half years. AC Popochock has also received four Lifesaving awards, two Commanders Awards and the Police Medal. He recently graduated from Auburn University with an Executive MBA degree and has a graduate certificate in Cybersecurity Management.