***The 2010 Community Academy classes have been cancelled due to budget constraints. Please check back here for the status in the fall for an update . We regret any inconvenience this may cause.***
The Bellevue Police Department's Community Academy gives people who live or work in the city an opportunity to learn about all facets of police work and the daily challenges officers face. Offered twice a year, the Community Academy includes classes and hands-on experiences.
The purpose of the Community Academy is to develop positive relations between the Bellevue police and the community at large. "Graduates" form a growing nucleus of responsible, well-informed citizens who appreciate the problems and challenges facing local law enforcement. When police and residents work together to find realistic solutions to neighborhood problems, these citizens can offer informed input.
Subjects include: patrol, community policing, traffic, gangs, recruitment and training, domestic violence, narcotics, dispatch and records, bike patrol, investigations, crimes scene analysis, forensics, SWAT, K-9 and the bomb squad. Students get out of the classroom for firearms practice and a patrol ride-along.
Police officers and civilian personnel who are experts in their fields teach the classes at the Community Academy. Each instructor has years of training and street experience, providing insights not ordinarily available to those outside the department.
The Community Academy has three-month terms, in the spring and fall, with weekly classes on Wednesday nights, 7 to 10 p.m. Applicants must be 18 or older and able to pass a background check. Preference is given to applicants who live or work in Bellevue, but others may be allowed if space is available. There is no cost for Academy classes.
To be considered for the next Community Academy term, print the application, complete it and mail to Sheila Evans at the Police Department (see contact information in the right column of this page).