16.00.100 SPECIAL OPERATIONS (CALEA 46.2.1 & .2)
The Department staffs, equips, trains, and operates the following Special Operation teams in order to provide the highest quality and most cost effective police services during critical or unusual incidents that require the deployment of special operations.
Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT)
Hostage Negotiations Team (HNT)
Crowd Control Team
The Unusual Occurrences Manual provides guidelines for deploying the SWAT Team and the Bomb Squad in emergency situations.
Assignment to SWAT, HNT, Bomb Squad and the Crowd Control Team is a collateral duty. Personnel assigned to these teams have regular assignments to various functions throughout the Department.
The personnel assigned to the SWAT team have received specialized training and conduct periodic unit training. When the SWAT Team is activated, the Incident Commander shall coordinate the operation. All tactical operations conducted by the SWAT team will be commanded by a SWAT Team Commander.
Refer to the SWAT Manual and the Unusual Occurrence Manual.
Hostage Negotiations Team
The personnel assigned to the Hostage Negotiations Team have received specialized training and conduct periodic unit training. Members of the team are called upon to assist in crisis negotiations as an individual or as part of the team.
Refer to the SWAT or HNT Manuals for information regarding the selection process to these teams.
BOMB SQUAD AND CROWD CONTROL TEAM
The personnel assigned to the Bomb Squad have received specialized training and conduct periodic unit training. The Department's Bomb Squad works closely with other regional units to accomplish the safe disposal of explosive devices.
Refer to the Bomb Squad SOP for information regarding squad selection.
Crowd Control Team
The personnel assigned to the Crowd Control Team have received specialized training and conduct periodic unit training in order to respond to events involving large crowds. The unit supports the demand that unusual occurrences might require such as Civil Disobedience, Labor Disputes, Special Events, and VIP Security.
Search and Rescue
Pursuant to RCW 38.52.400, the Bellevue Police Department shall coordinate search and rescue efforts conducted within the City of Bellevue. The scope of the effort shall vary and the emergency mobilization phases shall apply. Search and rescue operations requiring specialized equipment and/or training shall be conducted by the Bellevue Fire Department or the King County Search and Rescue Association, an affiliate of the King County Sheriff’s Department.