Public Safety Overview

The Bellevue College (BC) Public Safety Department’s well-trained and courteous staff provides personal safety, security, crime prevention, preliminary investigations, and other services to the campus community, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Public Safety staff is trained and instructed in non-violent crisis intervention skills allowing them to avoid and defuse most confrontational situations. All Public Safety staff are trained in basic CPR and emergency response for major incidents (e.g., Weather Conditions, Earthquake, Medical Emergency , Power Failure, Fire , Evacuation Procedures, Acts of Violence, Hazardous Substances, Bomb Threats, Weapons Use or Threats). The BC Public Safety Department acts as the first responder for all criminal incidents, provides general patrol of campus facilities and property, investigates collisions, manages traffic safety and parking, coordinates emergency preparedness planning, and provides crime prevention programs. The department responds to all reports of fire and/or medical aid, working in support of the Bellevue Fire Department.

The BC Public Safety department works closely with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. Public Safety Officers have the authority to ask persons for identification and determine if the individual has lawful business on campus property. The Public Safety Department maintains a professional working relationship with the Bellevue Police Department (BPD), which has jurisdiction on campus property; the bulk of criminal incidents are referred to the BPD. All crime victims and witnesses are strongly encouraged to immediately report any crime to BC Public Safety Department and the appropriate law enforcement agency. Prompt reporting will ensure timely warning notifications on campus and timely disclosure of crime statistics.

Jurisdiction: BC Public Safety Officers have authority to enforce all traffic codes of RCW Title 46, the City of Bellevue traffic code, and the rules and regulations on all property leased, rented, and owned by BC. This includes all areas of the Main and North Campuses, as well as any additional property leased, rented, or owned by BC.

BPD has law enforcement jurisdiction on all BC property. All crimes, arrests, or reportable incidents are forwarded on to a sworn BPD Officer.

The King County Sheriff’s Office has secondary law enforcement jurisdiction on all BC property. As a standard practice, the Sheriff’s Office does not respond to campus property unless needed for emergency assistance and called by the BPD, or for self-initiated activity by a King County Sheriff’s Office deputy.

The Washington State Patrol has secondary law enforcement jurisdiction on BC property. As a standard practice, the Washington State Patrol does not respond to campus property unless needed for emergency assistance and called by the BPD, or for self-initiated activity by a Washington State Patrol Trooper.

Mission Statement

The BC Public Safety Department places students, faculty and staff at the center of all it does. In order to support the Strategic Plan of Bellevue College, BC Public Safety Department is committed to providing safety and other services to the campus community to promote a safe and secure atmosphere where educational pursuits are able to flourish in an environment that exudes professionalism, respect for the diverse campus community, and provides access to high-quality programs.

Last Updated November 28, 2016