15.00.040     POLICE AUTHORITY OUTSIDE CITY LIMITS

 

v      On-Duty Response in Jurisdictions of Consent

 

Response to and/or exercising police authority in jurisdictions outside the City of Bellevue, which have consented to Bellevue Police Department's exercise of full law enforcement authority, are limited to:

 

1.       Investigations arising out of crimes or infractions that are alleged to have occurred within the City of Bellevue.  "Conducting investigations" includes arrests without an arrest warrant in jurisdictions outside the City of Bellevue where full authority consent has been given.

 

2.       Search or arrest warrants can be served when they are pursuant to investigations arising out of crimes that are alleged to have occurred within the City of Bellevue or within the jurisdiction that has given full authority consent.

 

3.       Transporting a prisoner

 

4.       Fresh pursuit (restricted to Department policy on Pursuits)

 

5.       Responses to a police officer needing help in a life-threatening situation.  A police officer is authorized and has the duty to prevent death or serious injury to self, a fellow officer, or a member of the public by utilizing whatever force necessary, including the use of firearms.

 

6.       Requests of King County to respond into unincorporated King County to an imminently life threatening crime when no County officer is available to respond

 

7.       Requests of the Bellevue Fire Department for Police assistance in unincorporated King County

 

8.       At the request for assistance by an adjacent jurisdiction or an officer thereof.

 

This type of response will be at the discretion of the shift supervisor.  Adjacent jurisdictions are Redmond, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Medina, Washington State Patrol, and Clyde Hill.  (Unincorporated King County is not included within the content of this paragraph; response to King County requests will be governed as specified in 6 and 7 above).

 

9.       Requests for special unit responses (K-9, Bomb Squad) into jurisdictions in which letters of full consent exist will be according to existing policies, procedures, and rules.

 

Exercise of police authority during the above nine incidents is limited to that which is necessary to effectively perform the requested task.

 

v      On-View Incidents

 

Response by uniformed officers in marked units and on-duty detectives in civilian clothing and in unmarked vehicles to an on-view incident occurring outside the City of Bellevue in jurisdictions which letters of full consent do exist is limited to situations that:

 

1.       Pose a threat of death or serious injury to the officer, another officer, or a member of the public

 

2.       Place the officer in a position to affect the arrest and/or prevent the escape of a person who is known by the officer to have committed a dangerous felony, when not securing the person's immediate arrest would resulting an unacceptable risk to the public safety

 

Response to any other on-view incident is limited to notification of the proper agency.  An officer may, but has no duty to, observe the incident until that jurisdiction arrives, communicate by radio with responding units, protect the scene, and render necessary emergency care (i.e., collision scenes).

 

v     Off-Duty Involvement in Jurisdictions of Consent

 

Off-duty police officers shall use discretion when becoming involved in any law enforcement action.  Off-duty officers will not become involved unless the situation involves public or personal safety, or a life threatening issue.

 

v     On-Duty Response in Jurisdictions that have NOT Consented

 

Response to and/or exercise of police authority within jurisdictions outside the City of Bellevue which have not consented to Bellevue Police Department's exercise of full law enforcement authority in their jurisdiction are limited to:

 

1.      Investigations arising out of crimes that are alleged to have occurred within the City of Bellevue can be conducted.  "Conducting investigations" does not include arrests without an arrest warrant in jurisdictions outside of the City of Bellevue where no full authority consent has been given.

 

2.      Search or arrest warrants pursuant to investigations arising out of crimes which are alleged to have occurred within the City of Bellevue may be served

 

3.      Transporting a prisoner and when such exercise of police authority is in direct relationship to the custody of that prisoner

 

4.      Fresh pursuit (restricted to Department policy allowed pursuits)

 

5.      A police officer is authorized and has the duty to prevent death or serious injury to self, a fellow officer, or a member of the public by utilizing whatever force necessary, including the use of firearms.

 

6.      Off-duty enforcement is authorized only in life threatening incidents.

 

Response to any other on-view incident is limited to notification of the proper agency.  An officer may, but has no duty to, observe the incident until that jurisdiction arrives, communicate by radio with responding units, protect the scene, and render necessary emergency care (i.e., accident scenes).

 

Special units (K-9, Bomb Squad) will not respond, except when assisting BPD on-duty officers in situations specified above.

 

Special Investigations Unit will not respond and/or exercise police authority except as indicated in situations specified above.

 

v      Reporting

 

RCW 10.93.030 requires that an officer exercising the powers authorized above shall report such action in a timely manner, after the fact, to the law enforcement agency with primary territorial jurisdiction. Notice should be given prior to the exercise of police powers whenever practical.