Bellevue Police Warn of Phone Scam Twist

Today, the Bellevue Police Department received several calls from concerned residents regarding an apparent phone scam. The scam is familiar – someone claiming to be from the IRS calls and threatens legal action if payment isn’t made. The caller often has a foreign accent and claims that the victim owes back taxes and will be arrested if they don’t pay. The residents that received these types of calls today, however, noticed that the suspect was able to “clone” the phone number of the Bellevue Police Department’s Factoria substation – 425-452-2880, so when the suspect called the caller would see “Bellevue Police” on their caller ID.

Phone numbers – including those of government agencies – can easily be cloned by scammers.

The Bellevue Police Department would like to remind residents that our Officers will never call you to demand payment. This is a further reminder that any phone number can easily be cloned to appear on someone’s caller ID, so you should not assume that just because a number appears to be a legitimate government entity that the caller is in fact a government employee.

If you suspect that someone is impersonating a Bellevue Police officer on the phone, take the individual’s name and badge number, and then hang up and call 911 or NORCOM non-emergency at 425-577-5656.

Women in Law Enforcement Career Fair This Weekend

The Northwest Women’s Law Enforcement Network and the Criminal Justice Training Commission are proud to present the 3rd Annual Women in Law Enforcement Career Fair.  Tomorrow, over 30 police and public safety agencies, including the Bellevue Police Department will be on hand to showcase career opportunities in public safety.  Although the event is aimed at recruiting women interested in the career, anyone is welcome to attend. The event includes a safety talk, defensive tactics demonstrations and a panel with female police chiefs from across the region. The hours for the career fair are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (the safety talk starts at 9:30 AM).

The career fair will be held at the Criminal Justice Training Commission’s academy, which is located at 19010 1st Ave S in Burien.

2018 Career Fair

Bellevue Police Taking Back Unwanted Drugs This Saturday

This Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Bellevue Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 15th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal to the Bellevue Police Department lobby at Bellevue City Hall, the Bellevue Police Crossroads Substation, or the Bellevue Police Factoria Substation inside Factoria Mall (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

2018 take back

Last fall Americans turned in 456 tons (912,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,300 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  Overall, in its 14 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 9 million pounds—more than 4,500 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that sit unused in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.



UPDATED: Bellevue Police Investigating Suspicious Death

On 4/18/18 at approximately 7:41 p.m., the Bellevue Police Department and the Bellevue Fire Department responded to a report of an unconscious female outside of a house on the 600 block of 153rd Avenue Northeast.
When officers and firefighters arrived, they located the non-responsive woman in the backyard. Bellevue fire personnel attempted lifesaving measures for several minutes before she was declared dead.
Bellevue police detectives and the King County Medical Examiner responded to the scene to conduct an investigation into the circumstances of the death.
The victim was later determined to be a 17-year-old girl from Snohomish County.
At this point in the investigation, her death does not appear to be from natural causes, though there were no obvious signs of trauma. The King County Medical Examiner will be doing an autopsy to determine a cause and manner of death.
All involved parties have been interviewed by Bellevue police detectives, and there is no known risk to the neighborhood or the public at large.
No further updates are expected today.