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.
The Bellevue Police Foundation hosted its 10th Annual Bold for the Blue Breakfast March 15, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue. The breakfast was attended by nearly 250 guests who had the opportunity to meet and mingle with Bellevue police officers before and after the breakfast.
In recognition of the high standard Officer Hanaumi has set, in 2019 we have renamed the Platinum Service Award the Craig Hanaumi Bellevue Police Foundation Award. And appropriately, Officer Hanaumi is the first recipient.
This 2018 award recipient is an officer who has become the longest serving member in the history of the Bellevue Police Department. Forty years! As only one of ten females in a male dominated profession, she hired on in 1978 and served as a patrol officer for the first seven years of her career.
Each year, the Bellevue Police Foundation honors a police officer who has demonstrated exceptional professional achievement, personal commitment, and continuing community service, who has made a significant positive impact to the community, and to public safety. The 2016 award recipient is a fourteen year veteran of the Department, and a fine officer who represents the best the Bellevue Police Department has to offer - Officer Robin Peacey.
Due in part to a generous grant from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund, K-9 Ozzy now sports a new K-9 Ballistic Vest. The Bellevue Police Foundation contributed the remaining funds for this vest.These life saving vests help to protect K-9s against harm while they are on patrol, attempt to apprehend and subdue a suspect, and protect their handlers.
Bellevue Police were awarded a $1,500 grant last Wednesday by the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund that will help pay for a protective vest for the department's newest police dog, Ozzy. The Bellevue Police Foundation is contributing the remaining $1,000. Ozzy, who finished his initial training in May, has been the only dog in the department's three dog unit without a protective vest.
In October 2015, several Bellevue Police Officers participated in a police mountain bike training school hosted by the Seattle Police Department. The bikes the officers trained on included the new crowd control bikes funded by the Foundation.
Roc, a Bellevue Police K-9, is credited with collaring a suspected burglar this morning. At approximately 4:56 a.m., Bellevue Police responded to a report of a burglary in progress in the 5400 block of 123rd Avenue Southeast. The homeowner at that location called 911 to report two unknown suspects in their garage.
This is how the very successful "Coffee with a Cop" program has been described - an event hosted by the Bellevue Police Department to provide an informal and relaxed way to bring the police and community together to discuss and share community issues; establish and build relationships; and create a better understanding of the needs and concerns residents have - the framework of successful and positive community policing.
The Bellevue Police Department was recently re-accredited with the Commission on Accreditation by Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Special mention was made to the Bellevue Police Foundation. Here is an excerpt.