As part of an ongoing effort to enhance police-community relations, the Bellevue Police Department will begin distributing bilingual “At Your Service” brochures in English and Spanish. The brochures will detail the roles and responsibilities of the police department. The brochures will also feature a link to the 10-minute-long YouTube video called “At Your Service,” also available in English and Spanish, that explains how the police serve and protect the community.
The brochure and video were developed based on feedback received over the last year of collaborative work with the police department’s Citizen Advisory Councils.
“We focus efforts and resources to build bridges between the police department and all communities in Bellevue,” Chief of Police Steve Mylett said. “It is our sincere hope that we will establish deep trust with all members of the Bellevue community and we will be viewed by all as trusted servants, allies and members of every community.”
Starting this week, the public can find the “At Your Service” brochure at community centers, library branches and schools in Bellevue; Bellevue Police Department headquarters at City Hall; and the Crossroads and Factoria Community Police Stations. The police department’s goal is to produce additional videos and brochures in other languages.
For the past year, the police department has brought its message out into the community through town hall discussions and safety forums. Doing so provides Bellevue’s residents with information about what police do – and don’t do – which helps to mitigate anxiety about police interactions, police officials said.