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