The definitions below apply whenever the listed word or phrase is used in this manual:





Chain of Command – The relative order of authority or responsibility in ascending or descending order of rank.


Chief of Police – Director of the Department, and the highest ranking commissioned officer within the Department.


Civil Service Commission – Governing body for the City of Bellevue public employees


Civil Service Rules – Personnel rules promulgated by the Civil Service Commission


Commander – Person in charge of an incident or unit within the Police Department.


Command Officer – Any officer who holds the rank of Captain or higher.  All command officers are also supervisors of subordinate employees.


Commissioned Employee – All personnel employed by the Department, following certification by the Civil Service Commission, who have been commissioned as a Police Officer by the Chief of Police.


Concurrent Jurisdiction – A range of territory where two governmental entities have equal enforcement rights.


Corporal – A police officer assigned to the Patrol Section who shall be considered the senior officer at any crime scene, incident, or occurrence until relieved by a supervisor or assigned investigator.  A Corporal may take on other supervisory responsibilities at the direction of his/her supervisor.  When a first line supervisor is absent, the Corporal may be designated as the first line supervisor by a Captain or above.  Corporal is a civil service rank.


Corrections Officer – Employee commissioned by the Chief of Police to work in the Corrections Division.


Civilian Employee – An employee of the Department who does not hold a commission as a police officer.





Delegation of Authority – Authorizing a selected person to act or make decisions as one’s legal representative 


Department – When the word department is used alone, it means the Bellevue Police Department.


Department Manual – The manual issued by the Chief of Police that contains rules and regulations, and policies and procedures that govern the actions of all employees.


Department Order – An inclusive term embracing policies, procedures, rules, regulations, Executive Orders, special notices, and manuals of the Department.


Department Property – Any city property assigned to the Department whether purchased leased, donated, or rented by the Department.


Department Vehicle – Any city-owned, leased, donated, or rented vehicle assigned to the department.


Deputy Chief of Police – Second in command to the Chief of Police.


Designee – A person who has been designated by a person of higher authority to carry out the authority’s assigned responsibility or duty.


Direct(ed) – Any means of notification (i.e., court calendars, subpoenas, written or verbal order, by supervisor or court personnel).


Division – A division is the primary subdivision of the Police Department with responsibility for providing specific functions.  A division is commanded by a division commander.


Division Commander – Commander of a Division within the Department.





Employee – All personnel employed by the Department.  As used in this manual, the word “employee” will also include Department volunteers.


Executive Order – A written order issued by the Chief of Police or a deputy Chief of Police for the administration of departmental affairs.  Said order is to remain in effect until amended, rescinded, or printed in the Department Manual.  Executive Orders define either new or a change in policy and/or procedure pertaining to the department.  They have the same authority as policy.





First Line Supervisor – Any commissioned employee who holds the rank of Lieutenant, or non-commissioned personnel holding the authorized position of supervisor (i.e., Communications Section Supervisors and Staff Support Section Supervisors).





Hold – To place a retainer or restriction on an individual or property





Incident – An occurrence requiring or suggesting action or service by employees of the Department.


Investigating Officer – An officer, of any rank, assigned as the lead investigator of a reported incident or internal investigation





Jurisdiction – The territorial range of authority or control








Lead Employee – A civilian employee assigned to the Support Services Division with the additional duty of providing technical leadership for members of their shift.  A Lead may take on other supervisory responsibilities at the direction of his/her supervisor.


Limited Commission – A commission issued by the Chief of Police to specific civilian employees of the Department, other City Departments, or entities contracting with the city authorizing the performance of limited police and/or code enforcement duties.





Manager – Any non-commissioned employee above the level of first line supervisor.


May – When used in a policy, procedure, rule, or regulation the word “may” is permissive.


Memorandum – A transitory notice, issued or approved for distribution by a supervisor, for the guidance and information of employees.





Orders – Commands, instructions, or requests, oral or written, given by one employee to another of lesser rank.


Officer – All commissioned officers, reserve officers, corrections officers, and limited commissioned law enforcement personnel


Officer-in-charge – Any commissioned employee who is placed in control of, or assumes responsibility for a crime scene, incident, or occurrence.


Off Duty – Off duty is time spent where the City of Bellevue has no financial obligations to an employee


On Duty – On duty is the time an employee is working for financial compensation from the City of Bellevue


On Scene Commander – The person who is in charge of an incident scene.  This position may be filled by an officer of any rank


Overtime – Any time that employees works outside their normal scheduled shift





Personal Property – Any personally-owned property of an employee that is used in conjunction with his/her assignment, or which affects or represents the Department while on or off duty.  This type of property is subject to control and regulation by the Department.


Plurality of Words – The singular included the plural and the plural includes the singular.


Police Officer – A duly appointed employee commissioned to perform police duties.


Police Support Officer – A uniformed civilian employee of the Department with a limited commission assigned to perform limited police duties.


Policy – A statement of guiding principles directed toward the attainment of departmental objectives issued exclusively by the Chief of Police.


Preponderance of Evidence – A greater weight of evidence, or evidence that is more credible and convincing to the mind; not necessarily the greater number of witnesses or evidence


Primary Jurisdiction – A range of territory where more than one group has authority and/or enforcement rights, but, through agreement, one group has initial responsibility


Probable Cause – Reasonable grounds for belief that a person suspected or accused is guilty.


Procedure – A method of performing an operation or a manner of proceeding on a course of action.


Procedure Manuals – Manuals issued by division chiefs or other unit commanders that pertain to operations of a specific division or unit


Proprietary Jurisdiction – A range of territory where one group has full governing and enforcement rights to the exclusivity of all others.





Rank – A commissioned position of grade as determined by the Chief of Police


Ranking Officer – The deputy of the highest rank on duty or at an incident scene regardless of time in grade


RCW – Revised Code of Washington


Reasonable Belief – That belief that is known to a reasonable person


Reserve Officer – Reserve officers are specially commissioned and trained officers that augment the staffing of the agency at times determined by the Chief of Police


Restraint Devices – Restraint devices are those items used to cuff or otherwise restrain a person who is in the custody of an officer


Retention Schedule – A schedule, approved by the State Auditors office, that lists the normal amount of time completed forms or documents should be kept by the agency.


Rules and Regulations – A statement(s) of a prohibition or requirement which allows little deviation other than for stated exceptions, issued exclusively by the Chief of Police.  Rules and regulations are applicable to all employees of the Department.





Section Commander – Commander of a Section within the Department.


Senior Officer – A commissioned employee, in any given rank, with the longest service in that rank.


Sexual Orientation means heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality, and gender expression or identity. The term “gender expression and identity” is broadly defined as someone who either has or is perceived to have or display a self image, appearance, behavior, or expression that is different from that which is traditionally associated with the sex assigned to that individual at birth.


Shift – The regular tour of duty for an employee’s particular duty assignment.


Should – When used in a policy, procedure, rule, or regulation the word “should” is advisory.  Where used it is intended that while the procedure is not mandatory, it should be followed in the interest of the Department.  Deviation will require explanation.


Special Order – Special Orders announce policies or procedures of a specific circumstance or procedures that involve only specific divisions or segments of the agency.  Special orders may be written by the Chief of Police, or one or more division chiefs.


Superior Officer – One who is higher in rank or authority


Supervisor – One who has been appointed to supervise subordinates





Training Bulletins - Training Bulletins are used to disseminate information on new or revised procedures that will assist employees in properly carrying out their duties.  They may refer to certain policies and further clarify certain duties, expectations, or improve employee safety.  Training Bulletins may not always be applicable to all employees. 


Tense of Words – All words used in the present tense include the future.





Unit – A unit is a subdivision of a division, with employees assigned to perform a specialized activity







Volunteers – Persons who perform voluntary services for the Police Department.  Due to federal law, in most circumstances, employees cannot volunteer their services to the Department.




Will – When used in a policy, procedure, rule, or regulation the word “will” denotes mandatory compliance.