Bellevue City Hall (file photo)

Bellevue City Hall (file photo)

Bellevue wants community input on an independent review of BPD’s use of force

The review makes 47 reccomendations regarding changes in BPD’s tactics, techniques and policies.

Bellevue wants community input on an independent review of the Bellevue Police Department’s use of force.

After a year that put community policing practices and accountability in the forefront of national discussion, Bellevue hired a consultant, the Office of Independent Review Group (OIR), to review police use of force policy in Bellevue.

According to the report, OIR conducted an analysis of Bellevue’s police use of force policies and engaged the community in listening sessions in late-2020.

Despite the “defund the police,” movement that rang through metropolitan areas like Seattle, the OIR review engaged with and surveyed hundreds of Bellevue residents and claims that they received “overwhelmingly statements of full-throated support,” for BPD.

The OIR review makes 47 recommendations regarding police tactics, policies and accountability measures.

Some of the first recommendations were that the department implement a better defined standard for when to use force and that use of force is “proportional,” to the threat they face. It also included recommendations regarding better de-escalation tactics and techniques.

Neck and choke holds were recommended to be deauthorized as a use of force technique, a handful of very high profile police killings across the nation were a result of these techniques.

Shooting at and from moving vehicles was deemed as dangerous and “ineffective,”.

It was recommended that uses of police dogs to apprehend suspects are included in “force reports,” and that suspects bitten by dogs are immediately offered medical assistance.

The review also included recommendations in the name of data transparency, such as the release of certain use of force review documents and making body cam video footage more publicly accessible.

It also recommended an overhaul of the department’s policy regarding mentally ill people, calling the department’s current policy “outdated,” as it mostly addresses the threat disabled people may pose to officers without mentioning the involvement of the BPD’ crisis response team.

Bellevue is requesting community input and feedback through a survey which can be found here: https://www.engagingbellevue.com/city-council-listening-sessions.

The survey will be open until Friday (Feb.19).


In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing editor@bellevuereporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.bellevuereporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

More in News

t
Peter Rogoff to step down as Sound Transit CEO in 2022

Became CEO in 2016; search for replacement to begin

File photo/Sound Publishing
Ban on single-use plastic bags in WA begins Oct. 1

Shoppers will have the choice to pay for a reusable plastic or recycled paper bag.

Photos from Emma Artz Instagram page at https://www.instagram.com/emma__artz/?hl=en
Juanita HS student is one of the best downhill mountain bike racers in the world

Emma Artz represented the US in one of the most difficult bike races, placing in top-15.

file photo
Housing and finance insiders call for subsidized housing families can own, instead of rent

Advocates say increasing homeownership will strengthen the community, build intergenerational wealth

Screenshot taken from Rosa Parks Elementary School website.
Eastside school wins National Blue Ribbon honor

Rosa Parks Elementary School in Redmond is the only Washington school to win.

Screenshot taken of a King County video showing Wilburton Trestle
King County’s Eastside to receive major multi-modal transportation investment

Private and public investors will help build a regional biking and walking trail to mitigate traffic

Co-owners Sarah Cassidy and Luke Woodward stand in front of The Grange (photo by Cameron Sheppard)
Co-owners Sarah Cassidy and Luke Woodward stand in front of The Grange (photo by Cameron Sheppard)
How a King County restaurant and farm work together to make a true farm-to-table experience

The Grange prepares sustainably produced meals pulled from the soil of the Snoqualmie Valley.

Artist rendering of new school classrooms and amenities (courtesy of BASIS Independent Bellevue)
Bellevue to have new private school by 2022 school year

The school will focus on having specialized subject teachers and high staff-to-student ratio.

Most Read