The Bellevue Police Department has released it’s annual report for 2017, highlighting numerous accomplishments and achievements by the department and its’ employees. The Department has produced an annual report each year since Bellevue was incorporated in 1953. Some of the notable accomplishments for 2017 include:
The city witnessed a significant decrease in residential burglaries (down 16
percent) as well as motor vehicle prowls (down 13 percent). Coordination between the patrol operations and investigations sections, as well as extensive work by our special operations group, led to the identification and arrest of a number of suspects involved in these types of crimes.
The department hired 24 new employees in 2017, despite the current national challenges related to recruitment and hiring. In November, the Police Department selected a marketing firm to manage a comprehensive recruiting and hiring ad campaign, including a standalone website, online ads, and search engine optimization. The campaign launched in early 2018.
The Police Department launched CompStat in May. CompStat is an intelligence-led model for policing that was pioneered by the New York City Police Department. The model uses data to identify crime trends and direct police resources to the areas where they can make the biggest impact on crime, taking into consideration the agency’s limited resources.
The total number of reported traffic collisions and injury collisions are down to 5 year lows, due in part to proactive enforcement by the Bellevue Police traffic unit.
The City of Bellevue continues to enjoy one of the lowest crime rates for a community of its size, due in large part to the close relationship between the Police Department and the Bellevue community, as well as the diligent work of the men and women of the Bellevue Police Department. The annual report is available on the city of Bellevue’s website, or hard copies are available at Bellevue city hall or at the police substations in Crossroads and Factoria.
The theft of mail from mailboxes continues to occur in Bellevue. In fact, Bellevue Police have seen an uptick in mailbox thefts in the months leading up to tax season, when many residents are receiving and sending documents containing sensitive financial and personal information. Just two weeks ago, two of Bellevue Police Department’s K-9 officers were on patrol in the middle of the night in the Crossroads neighborhood when they observed a suspect stealing mail and packages from mailboxes along a residential street. Bellevue Police are also seeing cases involving locking mailboxes being broken into. The Bellevue Police Department continues to recommend the use of a locking mailbox instead of an unsecured mailbox, however they also recommend these additional steps to prevent theft of mail, which can then lead to further fraudulent activity:
Investigators with the Bellevue Police Department have made an arrest in their investigation into a suspicious fire that damaged a vacant Bellevue mosque on Wednesday, March 21. The Islamic Center of Eastside, located at 14700 Main St., had previously been damaged by arson on Jan. 14, 2017 and was vacant at the time of this latest fire. Continue reading “Bellevue Police Make Arrest in Mosque Fire”
Bellevue Police arrested a burglary suspect yesterday morning after a homeowner discovered two unknown men in his family’s home. On Monday morning at 2:15 a.m., a homeowner in the 10000 block of SE 7th Street in West Bellevue heard footsteps and other sounds inside his house. While checking the house, the homeowner discovered two suspects inside the home. One suspect immediately fled out garage door when he saw the homeowner. The second suspect, a 19 year-old man, was found downstairs in the basement by the homeowner. The homeowner armed himself with two large kitchen knives, went back to the basement, and yelled at the suspect to lie down on the ground. The homeowner held the suspect at knifepoint until Bellevue police arrived and took the suspect into custody without further incident. A police K-9 unit responded, however the second suspect was not located. Several of victim’s credit cards, car keys, and other property were found on the suspect during a search. Other stolen property had been staged outside the home in one of victim’s backpacks.
The suspect was booked into jail for Residential Burglary, second degree theft, and possession of stolen property.