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.

Police Volunteer Saves Abandoned Bikes, Many go to African Villages

 

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Police Volunteer Don Erickson has been picking up abandoned bikes in Bellevue for 20 years

On a recent rainy weekday, Bellevue Police volunteer Don Erickson climbs into his blue Ford Ranger pickup and heads out on a search for two bicycles abandoned in some bushes next to Highland Middle School. The retired Boeing engineer has gone on many such missions over his 21 years as a police volunteer. Many of the bikes Erickson rescues are repaired and sent to African villages.

A Bellevue resident since 1960, Don has been retrieving abandoned bicycles and delivering them to the police evidence room over much of his time with the department. “Bikes can be anywhere”, Don says. “One time, we had one in the bottom of a canyon. I had to make a hook on the end of a rope and throw it down there to get it, just like fishing!” The serial numbers of the bikes are checked against a database of stolen bikes, and then held for 30 days. If nobody claims them, the bikes are picked up by a charity called “the village bicycle project“, which repairs the bikes and sends them to Africa.

In just the past year, 45 bikes picked up by Erickson have been sent to villages in Ghana and Sierra Leone, where they are put to daily use by villagers.

“when they get a bike like that, it’s like getting a new Cadillac”, said Don, who designed jet foils and struts as an industrial engineer for Boeing for 34 years.

Erickson could only recall a couple of times that he was able to reunite a bike with it’s rightful owner. “It’s sad that people don’t take the time to get the information off the bike so police can identify it”, says Don. His advice: “they need to get that information down, particularly the serial number. That way if the bike is stolen, police can contact you.”

Today, Don finds the two bikes he is looking for – a couple of black BMX-style bikes. “These are really good bikes for doing tricks on”, he observes.

The Bellevue Police Department’s award-winning volunteer program provides a number of critical services to the Police Department and community. Volunteers staff community substations in the Crossroads and Factoria neighborhoods and provide disabled parking enforcement and other supporting functions. Individuals interested in volunteer opportunities with the Police Department can learn more by visiting the Bellevue Police Department’s website.

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Police volunteer Don Erickson retrieves an abandoned bicycle. Next stop: the police evidence room, and possibly Africa.