16.00.030 OPERATIONS DIVISION
The following organizational units comprise the Operations Division:
Patrol is the largest workgroup within the Police Department. Patrol provides response to the majority of calls for service, and performs a substantial amount of investigative case follow-up.
Patrol Officers provide 24/7 emergency police services to citizens within the City's boundaries. Officers are assigned as the first contact on all crime prevention programs that occur in their assigned district. Each Patrol squad is supervised by a Lieutenant.
A Patrol Commander oversees the day shift Patrol teams and supervises the Patrol Lieutenants assigned to day shift. One of three Patrol Watch Commanders (Captains) oversees day-to-day operations of the Patrol and Traffic Units and supervises the Patrol Lieutenants (first-line supervisors) assigned to each squad/shift.
Patrol shall provide, but not be limited to, activities relating to:
v Proactive patrol directed at the prevention of criminal acts, vehicle related violations (including accidents), maintenance of public order, and the discovery of hazardous situations
v Inspection services to determine compliance with various statutes including but not limited to liquor and gambling laws
v Community policing activities such as watch programs, and other problem solving strategies implemented in partnership with the community and other law enforcement, public, and private agencies
v Calls for service, both routine and emergency in nature, on a 24-hour basis
v Investigation of both criminal and non-criminal law violations within the City of Bellevue
v The arrest of criminal offenders
v Assisting the Washington State Department of Corrections in monitoring persons who reside within the city limits who are community custody inmates, as well as maintain a regular information exchange on other contacts with persons who are under D.O.C. supervision
v Sharing information between the Patrol component and other sections/units within the Department, as well as outside and other governmental agencies
Patrol incorporates the functions of community oriented policing and long-term problem solving into their daily assignments.
Patrol operates in squads led by supervisors. Each of these teams shall take an active role in solving problems within the assigned districts. The Patrol officers assigned to Patrol assist officers of the Traffic Unit and vice versa.
The Special Details group consists of the K-9/FTO/Downtown Squad, the Special Enforcement Team, Community Stations, and Crowd Control/Honor Guard. Patrol Captain's are designated to supervise these units.
The K-9 Unit is a sub-unit of the Special Details Unit supervised by the K-9/FTO Lieutenant.. The K-9 Unit is on call to respond to alarms, prowler calls, robberies, drug investigations, and other calls where a suspect is present and/or has just fled. The K-9 Unit is subject to call-out while off duty for this and other requesting departments.
All procedures and tasks required of Department canines and handlers are outlined in the K-9 Unit Operation Manual. The manual is the regulatory text for the K-9 Unit of this Department.
All FTO’s are supervised by the K-9/FTO Lieutenant. The Lieutenant has responsibility for the development and oversight of the F.T.O. program and supervision of the FTO’s. The Lieutenant reports to a designated Patrol Captain. All newly hired officers shall complete the Department's six-month FTO program after completing the State’s basic academy.
The Traffic Unit is administered by a Captain who reports to the Operations Section Commander (Major). The Traffic Captain shall be responsible for supervision of Traffic supervisors and assigned Traffic Officers.
The Traffic Unit provides specialized traffic-related services in support of Patrol units. The Traffic Unit will provide collision investigation and enforcement of traffic laws and regulations. The Traffic Unit shall be responsible for ensuring the safe movement of vehicular and pedestrian traffic. The Traffic Unit will provide, on an as needed basis, manual traffic control to alleviate traffic congestion in identified areas.
The Traffic Unit provides specialized services such as technical collision investigation, selective enforcement, operation of radar equipment, parking enforcement and traffic control, driving while intoxicated enforcement, traffic safety education, and liaison with public organizations and traffic safety groups.
The Traffic Unit shall be responsible for planning, analysis, inspection, and coordination of Department traffic activities. The Traffic Captain will be responsible for the completion of necessary monthly, quarterly, and yearly traffic reports.
The Tactical Unit consists of the Special Weapons & Tactics (SWAT) Team and the Hostage Negotiations Team. Both Units are commanded by a Captain who answers to the Patrol Commander and Operations Deputy Chief.
v SWAT Team
The SWAT Team is a part time unit consisting of two team leaders and assigned officers. This is a volunteer assignment. The SWAT Team is used specifically for highly volatile situations such as arrests of violent suspects, hostage situations, barricaded persons, hazardous search warrants, and other similar incidents. Refer to the Special Operations policy for further information.
v Hostage Negotiations Team (HNT)
The Hostage Negotiations Team is a part time unit consisting of a Lieutenant and assigned officers. It is used to safely resolve hostage and barricaded persons situations, and other events in which their expertise would be required.
A Captain is assigned as the commander of the Bomb Squad. The Bomb Squad Captain reports to the Patrol Major. Refer to the Bomb Squad manual for specific procedures.
An Operations Captain, or his/her designee, assigned to the section will function as the Police Department liaison to those agencies that deliver victim/witness advocacy services on behalf of the City. Other responsibilities of this position include:
v Supervise and guide the activities of employees who come into contact with victims/witnesses
v Supervise non-sworn and volunteer employees involved in victim/ witness assistance efforts
v Communicating local law enforcement's interests in victim/witness advocacy issues on the local and state legislative level(s)
Unusual Occurrence Planning (CALEA 46.1.1)
The City of Bellevue Manager of the Office of Emergency Management is responsible for emergency services planning for the City of Bellevue.
The Deputy Chief of Police of the Operations Division or designee is responsible for coordinating the planning, review, and organizational readiness concerning law enforcement functions specified in the City’s Emergency Preparedness Manual, Department Unusual Occurrences Manual, and Department Policy Manual. Implementation and field operations responsibility will be assigned to a designated Patrol Watch Commander or command level authority of another Division depending on the nature of the unusual occurrence.
Command-level employees are responsible to have emergency operations plans available to them while on duty. Plans may be kept in printed or electronic format. Unusual Occurrences Manual materials will be updated as needed by an employee assigned to the task by the Operations Deputy Chief or designee. Other emergency operations plans shall be updated as needed in conjunction with Federal, State, County, or City emergency preparedness requirements.