Report highlights department accomplishments and citywide trends
The Bellevue Police Department Wednesday released its annual report for 2016. The department has produced an annual report each year since it was formed in 1953. The report highlights the department's numerous accomplishments over the past year, including:
- Reinstatement of the bicycle patrol unit after a five-year hiatus. Since the unit was launched in April of 2016, officers assigned to the unit have made over 1,200 citizen contacts and made 150 arrests.
- Significant decrease in violent crime.
- The investigations division assigned a cold case detective to examine the city's unsolved homicides. As a result, two homicide cases were solved, including Bellevue's first homicide dating back to 1965.
- The department formed five advisory councils as part of Chief Steve Mylett's signature "Tomorrows Program." The councils, which provide feedback directly to the chief, include: African American, Latino/Latina, Muslim, LGBTQI and Asian/Pacific Islander.
- The department fully implemented its Sector Captain program, designed to promote community building, problem-solving, and engagement through town hall style meetings, social media interaction, and personal interaction between members of the community and police leadership.
"The City of Bellevue continues to enjoy one of the lowest crime rates for a community of its size, due in large part to the close relationship between the Police Department and the Bellevue community, as well as the diligent work of the men and women of the Bellevue Police Department," said Chief Mylett. "I am making a commitment that we will continuously seek ways to improve the safety of all those who call Bellevue home."
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