20.00.010     DEPARTMENT EQUIPMENT/PROPERTY

 

All equipment will be clean, in good working order, and conform to Department specifications.

 

Department-owned property will only be issued or reissued to authorized users.

 

Employees will maintain Department property and equipment assigned to them in good condition.

 

Damaged - Inoperative Equipment/Property

 

Employees will immediately report any damage to departmental property to their supervisor.  The immediate supervisor will be notified of any inoperative, defective, or hazardous conditions existing in any Department equipment or property.  In the event that Department property is found bearing evidence of damage which has not been reported, it will be prima facie evidence that the last person using the property or equipment was responsible.

 

Repair of Equipment

 

It is incumbent upon all employees to maintain their issued equipment in good order, and to make appropriate and timely notification to the appropriate supervisor and/or appropriate agency for necessary repairs or maintenance.

 

With the exception of what would be generally accepted as routine inspection, maintenance and cleaning, employees will not dismantle or attempt to repair any Department equipment unless they are qualified and authorized to do so.

 

Lost - Stolen Equipment/Property

 

Employees will immediately report to their supervisor the loss or theft of any departmental property assigned to or used by them, whether the assignment or use is permanent or temporary.  Employees will be responsible for the cost of replacement of Department property damaged or lost due to their negligence

 

Surrender of Equipment/Property

 

Employees are required to surrender all Department property in their possession upon separation from the Department, or when otherwise so instructed by a supervisor.

 

When an employee’s employment is terminated, they will make an appointment with the PSU to return all Department owned property.  This will be cross checked with the last inventory form on file for the employee.  After the PSU has collected the returned items, the property will be evaluated as to whether they can be reissued or need to be disposed of.

 

Individual Lockers 

 

Any employee assigned an individual locker assumes total responsibility for maintaining the condition and security of said locker.  A suitable lock will be provided by the Department, and failure to properly secure the lock will void any right of the employee to recover from the City for the loss of personally owned property.  The only locks allowed to be used on department lockers are the ones issued by the department.

 

Locker exteriors will remain free of pictures, notes, stickers or personal markings, with the exception of a department designated name plate.

 

Use of Cellular Telephones

 

City-owned or leased cellular telephone lines shall be used only for department business.  An available conventional telephone is preferred for department business because it is confidential, secure, and cost-effective.  Use of a city cellular phone line for personal use is specifically prohibited, except when urgent circumstances require cell phone use. The employee is required to remit the full amount owed for personal calls within 30 days of first notification by the department. If the employee provides reasonable proof of inability to pay within 30 days, a practical payment plan will be agreed to between the employee and the city to remit the full amount to the City.

 

The City of Bellevue, in compliance with state requirements, must audit all city-owned cellular telephones and their use, which will include, but not be limited to, a review of the monthly billing. A second line may be installed at the employee’s expense to accommodate personal calls.  The personal line and its use shall be billed directly to the employee at the address s/he supplies.  The assigned employee will be responsible for the personal billing.

 

Special features such as direct connect or talk groups should be limited to non-critical incidents.  Conventional methods should continue to be used for all tactical situations to ensure dispatch, officers and supervisors are aware of the situation unless conventional means are not possible.

 

Wireless Communication While Operating a Department Vehicle

 

This section of this policy is intended to ensure that BPD policy is consistent with

Washington State law.  Under RCW 46.61.667, a person operating a moving motor vehicle while holding a wireless communication device to his or her ear is guilty of a traffic infraction.

 

Employees will not operate a moving department vehicle while using a wireless communication device except in the following circumstances;

 

v      The vehicle is an authorized emergency vehicle, which is defined as a Department vehicle equipped with lights and a siren. 

v      The device is in hands free mode, which is defined as using a speakerphone, headset, or earpiece;

v      The employee is using the device to;

 

o        Report illegal activity;

o        Summon medical or other emergency help; or

o        Prevent injury to a person or property.

 

Moving of Property

 

Employees will not alter or move equipment, furnishings, or property outside of the Section to which the property is assigned without permission of the commanding officer of the section.