Salary & Benefits
Entry Level Positions
One of the largest and fastest growing cities in Washington, Bellevue is one of the best places to work as a police officer. The department has a tradition of success, as Bellevue enjoys an exceptionally low crime rate and was recently named the safest city in the Northwest. For a department its size, Bellevue's force offers the opportunity to serve in many specialized positions.
The Bellevue Police Department serves a population of 125,000 in a roughly 31-square mile area. The city is bordered by Kirkland and Redmond to the north, Renton and Newcastle to the south, Issaquah to the east and Clyde Hill, Medina and Mercer Island to the west. More information is available in our recruiting pamphlet.
Currently the department has over 178 commissioned personnel, along with 41 non-commission personnel. Commissioned ranks are, in ascending order: officer, corporal, lieutenant, captain, major, deputy chief and chief. The police chief is appointed by the city manager. The department's organizational chart offers more details.
After two to three years of service, officers may be eligible to apply for specialties, depending on the position. Service time at other departments may be considered after the probationary period is passed. Full-time specialty sections for commissioned personnel within the department include:
- accident investigations
- motorcycle traffic enforcement
- school resource officer
- community station officer
- detective - violent crimes, property crimes, fraud
- crime prevention/crime analysis
Collateral Duties/Specialties (part-time)
- field training officer
- crowd control
- hostage negotiator
- honor guard
- bomb technician
- defensive tactics instructor
- firearms instructor
- evidence technician
- emergency vehicle drivers instructor
The City of Bellevue is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in its workforce.