With the help of the new Bellevue Police Foundation, the police have been able to land a key recruit, a German shepherd puppy named Roc. After training with a K9 officer, the dog will take over for Bosco, the oldest of Bellevue's three police dogs, who is retiring from tracking suspects and locating evidence this year.
With the recession shrinking the city's budget, the Police Department now has an ally in the Police Foundation, a nonprofit organization led by local civic leaders that formed to raise money for equipment and other items.
With guidance from the New York Police Foundation, the Bellevue Police developed a model for a nonprofit support organization and began forming the local foundation last year. With a website now in place, the Bellevue foundation is truly on its feet.
With the acquisition of a police dog already achieved, the foundation is now focusing on funding the acquisition of taser guns.
The Police Foundation features a listing of current police needs and donors.
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