Public Safety Overview
The Bellevue College (BC) Public Safety Department’s well trained and courteous non-commissioned staff provides personal safety, security, crime prevention, preliminary investigations, and other services to the campus community, 24 hours per day,7 days per week. The staff is comprised of the Director, Administrative Assistant, Emergency Operations Officer, Parking Manager, two Sergeants, five full-time Officers, three part-time Officers, and office staff. The Public Safety staff is trained and instructed in nonviolent crisis intervention skills allowing them to avoid and defuse most confrontational situations. All of the staff is 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 and 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 officers do not have arrest authority, but they work 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 an extremely professional working relationship with the Bellevue Police Department (BPD) which has jurisdiction on the Campus; the bulk of criminal incidents are referred to the Bellevue Police Department. 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 assure timely warning notices on-campus and timely disclosure of crime statistics.
Jurisdiction: BC Public Safety Officers have authority to enforce all traffic codes of RCW title 46, 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 the BC.
BPD has law enforcement jurisdiction on all BC property. All crimes, arrests, or reportable incidents are forwarded on to a sworn Police Officer with the BPD.
The King County Sheriff’s Office has law enforcement secondary 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 law enforcement secondary 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.
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.