Today, the Bellevue Police opened online registration for the spring 2018 community police academy. The Community Academy is a 12-week program for Bellevue residents and those who work in Bellevue to become acquainted with how their police department operates. On completion of the academy, graduates will have gained a better understanding of the law enforcement role in the criminal justice system, and an appreciation for the many challenges facing law enforcement in today’s complex society.
The Community Academy is a primarily classroom-based, with hands-on lessons about law enforcement about patrol procedures, firearms, 911 communications, narcotics, K-9, major crimes investigations, major accident investigations, defensive tactics and hostage negotiations.
The spring 2018 community academy begins on March 1st, and takes place every Thursday evening from 7-10 p.m. until May 17th. Registration is now open, click here to apply.
A Bellevue bike cop saved the day for one theft victim this past week. On Wednesday, December 20th, Bellevue Bicycle Officer Amir Mousavi was on routine bicycle patrol in downtown Bellevue when he was contacted by a man who had just been the victim of a theft. The man told Officer Mousavi that his wallet was missing and that he had just received a text from his bank stating the someone was using his credit card at a nearby grocery store. The victim also told the Officer that a large amount of cash was inside the wallet.
Officer Mousavi raced down to the store on his patrol bike, and was able to locate the suspect after talking to the store manager and learning that the suspect was trying to purchase a large amount of gift cards with the victim’s credit cards. Officer Mousavi arrested the suspect, and the victim’s wallet was recovered. The suspect was booked into jail for two outstanding warrants, and charges were forwarded to the prosecutor’s office.
About the Bellevue Police Department’s bicycle unit: The Bellevue Police Bicycle Unitwas reinstated in April 2016 after a five year hiatus. The Bicycle Unit strives to make a difference in the lives of our community members by focusing on quality of life issues. The Bicycle Unit focuses their efforts on parks, malls, shopping centers, nature trails, park and ride lots, and high pedestrian traffic areas such as the downtown core. The Bicycle Unit uses education, enforcement and outreach to make a positive impact on problems that arise in a community. In 2016, bike Officers made over 1,200 contacts and 150 arrests.
On Wednesday, January 3rd, several Eastside law enforcement agencies will host a safety forum at the offices of the Bellevue School District, located at 12241 Main Street in Bellevue. The forum is designed to address concerns expressed by the muslim and immigrant community, however it is open to all. Topics that will be covered will include crime prevention, personal safety and de-escalation, Washington hate crime laws, King County immigration policies, and a question and answer session with Bellevue Police Chief Steve Mylett. The event takes place from 7:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m., and there will be free childcare and snacks provided.
A new parking regulation in Bellevue will continue to prohibit parking in the same public place for more than 24 hours but adds a requirement that vehicles must be moved to a different block. The new ordinance takes effect Tuesday, Dec. 26.