Bellevue is one of just a few cities across the country where every major operating department has earned accreditation from a respected evaluating agency.
Finance departments are not accredited, but Bellevue's Finance Department annually receives a certificate of achievement for excellence in financial reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association. The Finance Department has also received the certificate of excellence in performance management from the International City/County Management Association for the city’s use and reportage of performance data.
The Fire Department is accredited by the Center for Public Safety Excellence. The department also maintains a Class 2 rating from the Washington State Survey and Rating Bureau, placing Bellevue in the top 1 percent of the nearly 47,000 rated departments in the U.S. and among the top three departments in state.
Parks & Community Services
The Parks and Community Services Department is accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies. For accreditation, agencies submit self-assessments and receive on-site visitations from CAPRA evaluators. In the years between accreditations, agencies must submit annual reports that detail their continued compliance with accreditation standards.
The Police Department is accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies. The department has to perform a rigorous self-assessment and undergo an on-site assessment by CALEA evaluators, who determine an agency's compliance with standards, view agency operations and conduct a public information session with residents.
The Transportation Department is accredited by the American Public Works Association, demonstrating compliance with industry best practices as set forth in the Public Works Management Practices Manual..
The Utilities Department is also accredited by the American Public Works Association. In addition, the department has been a member of the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies since 2001.