The Police Foundation supports Bellevue Police Department initiatives and programs that the city cannot readily fund since less than 2% of the police department's annual budget is available for discretionary spending on equipment.
A second award was given out this year to an officer for his extensive Community Outreach to Bellevue residents.
Major Carl Kleinknecht has been in law enforcement for twenty-seven years total, 21 years with this department, and has come up through the department ranks. As a detective, he was honored with the Meritorious Service Award and received an Officer of the Year Award. Continuing to move up as Lieutenant, he began focusing on Community Engagement. As a Captain, he was honored with the Commander’s Award for his work as one of the first Sector Captains. He was selected by the Chief to work with him to coordinate the Tomorrow’s Program, which is funded with a Bellevue Police Foundation grant. He became a core member of the City of Bellevue homelessness work group, City of Bellevue Diversity Advantage, and the Community Advisory Councils. In the newly constructed Office of Professional Accountability, his job duties include overseeing CALEA accreditation, Internal Investigations, and Inspections and Special Projects. He has continued to facilitate community outreach.
“Establishing strong, trusting relationships with the citizens that the department serves is essential to the mission and legitimacy of policing in the 21st century," states Major Kleinknecht. Through the Tomorrow's Program and other committees, he is helping to craft, along with a committed and diverse group of Bellevue citizens, various strategies to deal with the issues the City faces now and in the future, and build a strong and positive connection with the community.
An advisor with the Bellevue Family YMCA's Youth and Government Program, Michelle Williams-Clark, knows that this officer has a genuine desire to make a difference in the lives of youth and family in this community. He personifies dedication, commitment, and generosity, and has taken the time to develop real relationships with teens - not just talking the talk, but walking the walk. An extraordinary role model who builds trust and develops community with young people.
Alma Gonzalez considers this officer a friend of the Latino Community, and admires his courage to take up the challenge of creating positive changes for disadvantaged groups. Working with Eastside Latino Leadership, he has made them feel included in the efforts of the Bellevue Police Department to provide equitable security for residents. "He is not just a policeman," she has said, but a member and friend of our community, and always present and approachable in the most friendly manner, and someone who takes the time to get to know people. His passion for justice and his willingness to understand the needs of the Latino community give us hope and inspiration to continue our work to improve the lives of future generations."
Congratulations, Major Kleinknecht, for your well-deserved recognition.
Two years ago, the Foundation decided to begin honoring a police officer with an award at the Breakfast event who had demonstrated a pattern of professional achievement, personal commitment, and strong community service. The award name was changed this year to the Platinum Service Award.
In 2015, our award recipient was Officer Craig Hanaumi, and last year, Officer Robin Peacey, who has since been promoted to Sergeant.
We were very pleased this year to honor Sergeant David Sanabria, who has been with the department for 20 years, working in Patrol, as a School Resource Officer, K9 handler, and motor officer, where he currently serves as an additional supervisor for the Motor Unit and collision investigators, as well as sharing the supervision of the Parking Enforcement Officer and Parking Enforcement Volunteers. He manages the Photo Enforcement Program, Citizen Traffic Service Requests, equipment and vehicles for the Motor and Traffic unit, and approves all collision reports. He serves on the Traffic Collision Review Board, and works with the Bellevue School District and the Transportation Department during the yearly Walk to School Day. Furthermore, his duties include assigning off duty flagging work for construction in the City, coordinating and planning training for the entire Motor Unit, he coordinates with other agencies during Presidential Escorts, and is responsible for the Motor/Traffic Unit duties and responsibilities for City wide events such as the Strawberry Festival, 4th of July, Snowflake Lane, Garden D ’Lights, Arts and Crafts Show, and the 3 day Cancer Walk.
Significant accomplishments during his career involve incidences as a K9 officer apprehending an attempted child rape and burglary suspect, and in taking action to stop an assault which saved a woman's life.
Another woman was saved from a possible suicide attempt by the quick thinking and response of this officer.
After a Vehicular Homicide and Felony Hit and Run, he spotted the suspect, gave chase, and took the suspect into custody, but only after a violent wrestling match.
Sgt. Sanabria is known as a team player, is a leader and leads by example. Bellevue Police Department Detective Debbie Ingram has stated that this officer's "level of leadership, work ethic, and dedication make him a very valuable representative of this department."
Mr. Bill Brooks, Assistant Security Director for the Kemper Development Company, worked closely with this officer in 2016 to plan for public safety at the Snowflake Lane event, and describes him as "friendly, approachable, community oriented, hard-working, dedicated, honest, fair, selfless, able to see other’s point of view, is loyal to his oath of office, and exemplifies and models the Bellevue Police Department’s overall mission statement.”
The Bellevue Police Foundation applauds Sergeant David Sanabria for his outstanding police service, and career performance.