Third Annual Fundraising Breakfast
"Using Tomorrow's Technology for Law Enforcement Today"
The Bellevue Police Foundation, at its third annual fundraising breakfast last Friday, raised over $100,000 to support the purchase of leading edge technology tools and equipment for the Bellevue Police Department. That figure tops the $64,000 total raised at last year’s event.
Over two hundred business and community leaders gathered at the Westin Bellevue Grand Ballroom on March 16th, which was presented by The Westin and sponsored by Puget Sound Energy, Perkins Coie, Sweeney Conrad, The Bellevue Collection, and Barrier Motors.
Since it was founded in 2009, the Bellevue Police Foundation has contributed more than $147,500 in equipment and training to the police department. This year’s theme, “Using Tomorrow’s Technology for Law Enforcement Today” emphasized the importance of recent purchases by the foundation during 2011, such as the purchase of iPads, SWAT night vision goggles, T-3 electric vehicle, computer forensics software and a new police K-9 named Diego. Chief Linda Pillo of the Bellevue Police Department was thrilled to see the large turnout and acknowledged how the tools granted to the department assists officers in working more efficiently in predicting crime patterns and communicate remotely with both investigators and witnesses. The Puget Sound Energy Foundation also awarded a grant to the Bellevue Police Foundation which facilitated the purchase of CrimeView Desktop analytical software package.
Keynote speaker, Ann Rule, engaged the audience by sharing stories of her prior experiences in law enforcement, with particular emphasis on how recent technological advancements have played an integral role in aiding law enforcement. She illustrated how by utilizing this new technology police departments are better equipped to protect the community and solve complex crimes.