24.00.060   PRISONER ESCAPE              (CALEA 70.1.7 & 72.4.10)

 

If a prisoner escapes while being transported within the Bellevue city limits or from the police holding facility, the officer will immediately:

 

v     Notify NORCOM of such occurrence

 

v     Provide the location of the escape and the prisoner's last direction of travel

 

v     Advise what the prisoner is in custody for, and if the prisoner is a danger to the public, him/herself, or other officers

 

v     A complete physical description of the prisoner, including any clothing (i.e., holding facility clothing)

 

v     Attempt to immediately return the prisoner to custody, if it is safe and practical to do so.  If a PSO is transporting a prisoner that escapes, and loses sight of a prisoner long enough for the prisoner to have armed him/herself, the PSO will immediately terminate their attempt to apprehend and will notify armed officers of the last location the prisoner was seen and their direction of travel

 

v     Notify an on-duty supervisor and the appropriate Watch Commander.  This may be accomplished via NORCOM

 

v     Request additional resources and coordinate their placement and activities through the supervisor

 

v     Advise the on-duty supervisor of any information which will assist in determining other Department resources the supervisor may want to utilize such as K-9 team or S.W.A.T.

 

v     Prepare the necessary reports concerning the incident to include case/crime reports, prosecutor forms, teletypes, and patrol information sheets

 

v     If the prisoner is recaptured, the transporting or arresting officer shall additionally process the prisoner through another booking on escape charges, when appropriate

 

v     Request NORCOM to notify surrounding agencies

 

If a prisoner escapes while being transported in another jurisdiction, the transporting officer will:

 

v     Immediately notify NORCOM

 

v     Notify the local jurisdiction where escape occurred.  Request appropriate aid from the local jurisdiction.  Depending on the situation, this may be done via NORCOM or directly by the transporting officer

 

v    If a PSO is transporting a prisoner that escapes, and loses sight of a prisoner long enough for the prisoner to have armed him/herself, the PSO will immediately terminate their attempt to apprehend and will notify armed officers of the last location the prisoner was seen and the prisoner's direction of travel

 

v     Notify an on-duty Bellevue supervisor as well as the appropriate Watch Commander as soon as possible.  NORCOM may assist with notifications

 

v     Assist the jurisdiction in which the escape took place by providing all information concerning the escapee, including descriptions, reason for in-custody status, and possible destinations, and preparing any necessary reports requested by such jurisdiction

 

v     Prepare the necessary reports, for this Department, concerning the incident to include case/crime reports, prosecutor forms, teletypes, and patrol information sheets

 

In the event that a prisoner escapes in another jurisdiction and is recaptured by that jurisdiction or by a Bellevue officer in that jurisdiction the local jurisdiction shall have priority in arrest and charging of offenses against the prisoner.  In the event that the local jurisdiction declines to process the prisoner or proceed with charges, the Bellevue officer shall take custody of the prisoner and process them for any additional charges that apply to the incident.