Bellevue Police Bolsters Hiring Efforts With New Website, Recruitment Campaign

Today the Bellevue Police Department unveiled a new website aimed at recruiting new police officers to the department. The website, www.protectbellevue.com, is just the first step in an updated comprehensive recruiting and hiring effort for the Bellevue Police Department. The initiative includes a website, online ads launching this month and search engine optimization.

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Bellevue Police Detective Marks 40 Years as a Cop

When Molly McBride was hired by the Bellevue Police Department in January of 1978, Bellevue was a sleepy Eastside suburb of just 70,000 residents, a far cry from the bustling city it is today.  Detective McBride recently marked her 40th anniversary as a Bellevue Cop, and is the longest serving member in the history of the Bellevue Police Department.

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Detective Molly McBride is the longest serving member in the history of the Bellevue Police Department

Molly was hired on January 16th, 1978 and her first duty in the department was a patrol officer, a position she held for the first seven years of her career. Molly was one of only ten females in the police department at a time when law enforcement was primarily a male dominated profession. In February of 1985, Molly was promoted to Detective in the investigations division.  While in Detectives, she investigated property crimes, crimes against persons and assaults. Molly was the first female to be assigned to the Detective Unit.

In June of 1997 until March of 2011, Molly returned to the patrol Section. During that time, Molly was selected by her peers as Officer of the year for her work ethic and outstanding ability to deal with people in crisis. During her second stint in patrol, she became a field training officer, helping to train a number of new officers as they learned the ins and outs of police work. Molly put her people skills to good use as a member of the Department’s Hostage Negotiation Team, and has successfully negotiated resolutions at a number of incident scenes. Molly became a peer counselor and has participated numerous times on interviews of Police Officer applicants. Nearly every current member of the Bellevue police department has had Molly involved in some portion of their hiring or training process.

In March of 2011, 25 years after her first experience as a Detective, Molly returned to the Investigations Section as a Special Assault Unit Detective, where she investigated crimes against children.

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Detective McBride during her first stint in the investigations unit in the 1980’s

In October 2016 she transferred to the hiring unit as a background investigator, checking the background of individuals that were applying to become Bellevue Police Officers.

Molly has been married for 38 years. She met her husband John McBride while both were Officers at the Bellevue Police Department. The McBrides open their home every year on Thanksgiving and Christmas to all Bellevue Police Officers that have to work on those holidays, providing a full holiday meal to those Officers that must be away from their families.

Molly has no plans of retiring any time soon.

Suspected Serial Bank Robber Arrested

A suspected serial bank robber’s getaway was foiled earlier today by Bellevue Police, after investigators used teamwork to locate the suspect.

This afternoon shortly after 12:30 p.m., Bellevue Police responded to a reported robbery at the Chase Bank located at 10550 NE 8th Street in downtown Bellevue. Responding Officers learned that the suspect had passed a note to the teller, and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. Bank employees were able to provide police with an accurate description of the suspect and the clothing he was wearing.

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The suspect was arrested after passing a demand note to a teller.

Responding Officers began questioning employees of neighboring businesses to see if anyone had seen the suspect. Officers learned that the suspect had hailed a taxi. Based on that information, as well as photos of the suspect provided to police by the bank, a Bellevue Police Officer that happened to be in Seattle located the suspect in the First Hill area of Seattle. The suspect was arrested without incident. The suspect, a 34 year-old homeless man, was interviewed by Bellevue robbery detectives and booked into jail. He is suspected in at least three other bank robberies, two in Lynnwood and one in Seattle, and one attempted robbery in Seattle. The suspect is expected to be charged with first degree robbery and attempted robbery in King County superior court.