15.00.070    SUPERVISION ACCOUNTABILITY                      (CALEA 11.2.1 &.2 11.3.2 & 12.1.2)


The Department relies upon its first-line supervisors and command officers to monitor, supervise, and manage day-to-day police operations and field activities.  Supervisors and command officers shall be responsible for responding to specific incidents and are held accountable for taking appropriate actions and notifications according to policy, procedure, rules and regulations of this Department.


The Department recognizes Police Lieutenants and Records Supervisors as the first level of supervision within this Department.  These supervisory positions have the responsibility to guide, direct, evaluate, motivate, and train personnel under their supervision.  Records Leads, and Patrol Corporals are given supervisory responsibility as directed by a supervisor.


The authority vested in the various supervisor and command ranks of the commissioned and noncommissioned personnel are equal to their parallel counterparts.  (Example:  A Police Lieutenant and a Records Supervisor are first-line supervisors, and as such are equal in rank).  When it is necessary to determine the authority of one person over another, the supervisor who has primary responsibility for the function in question will prevail if the situation has immediate impact upon that supervisor's primary responsibilities.


Supervisory Responsibility


It is the supervisor’s responsibility to plan the work of personnel in an orderly manner, delegate authority and responsibility when appropriate, and to follow the progress of task assignments to a satisfactory completion.  To help achieve effective direction, coordination, and control, supervisory personnel shall be accountable for the performance of employees under their immediate control.


The on-duty patrol shift supervisor, or supervisor of the primary officer assigned, if more than one supervisor is on duty, will respond to the following incidents:


v     Homicide or serious injuries to the victim of a crime


v     Incidents involving suspicious, accidental, or unattended death


v     Kidnapping


v     Armed Robberies


v     Burglaries in progress


v     Incidents involving sniping, barricaded subject’s and/or hostages held


v     Incidents involving missing children or missing senior adults


v     Motor vehicle collisions that result in death or serious injury, and reportable accidents that involve any police vehicles (exception - when an on-duty Traffic Supervisor responds)


v     Incidents involving the discharge of a firearm by an officer, other than firearms training.  When possible a supervisor will respond to the scene prior to permitting the shooting of an animal

v     Bombing or bomb threats with a device located. Specific procedures for handling bomb-related incidents are located in the Department’s Unusual Occurrences Manual


v     Vehicle pursuits


v     Labor disputes


v     Any incident where a supervisor deems his/her presence may be required, is directed to respond by a superior officer, or at the request of an officer at the scene


The supervisor will notify an on-duty or on-call Captain or other designated command staff person to update them on the incident as soon as safely possible after arrival.


The supervisor will take command of an incident, if necessary.  Otherwise, the supervisor will monitor the actions of all officers at the scene and will administer guidance or corrective actions as required, to assure the successful completion of the incident.


Command Responsibility

Commanding officers are responsible and accountable for all aspects of their command.  Within policy guidelines and legal constraints, a command officer has authority to direct and coordinate assigned personnel and allocate resources to achieve organizational goals and objectives.


The on-duty or on-call Patrol Command Officer, typically a Captain, will respond and take command of the following incidents:


v     Officer involved shooting


v     Barricaded or hostage incidents


v     Homicide


v     Kidnapping


v     Fatality or serious injury traffic collisions involving police personnel.  The Traffic Section has investigative responsibility


v     Incident of civil disaster or disorder


v     The arrest of any law enforcement officer, government or City of Bellevue employee


v     The suspicious, accidental or unattended death of any City of Bellevue employee within the City limits


v     Incidents involving the hospitalization of an on-duty Bellevue Police Officers


v     Any incident where the Captain deems his/her presence may be required, is directed to respond by a superior officer or at the request of an officer at the scene of an incident


The command officer will initiate notifications via the chain of command, if necessary, and assist with arranging for additional staffing, specialty unit or PIO callouts.

If necessary, the command officer will take command of an incident.  Otherwise, the commander will monitor the actions of the supervisor in charge at the scene and will administer guidance or corrective actions as required, to assure the successful completion of the incident.


If the actions of in-charge supervisor are inappropriate, the command officer will advise, counsel, correct, or reassign the affected officer(s).