In order to acknowledge employees who carry out their duties in a manner deemed to be above the call and beyond the norm, and in order to assure the recognition these employees deserve, the Bellevue Police Department has established a policy to maintain an Excellence in Law Enforcement Committee to review the individual performance of officers of the Bellevue Police Department.
BPD's Excellence in Law Enforcement Committee has established awards to honor the men and women who have performed at levels of excellence with the Officer of the Quarter and the Officer of the Year awards. Additionally, Distinguished Service Awards have been established to recognize achievement in specialized areas. The Distinguished Service Awards include The Medal of Valor, The Purple Heart Medal, Meritorious Service Award, and the Lifesaving Award.
Officers in the Bellevue Police Department also regularly achieve other acclamations such as special training events to include the FBI National Academy.
OFFICER OF THE YEAR
Each year, in December, the Bellevue Police Department evaluates the accomplishments of its officers who have demonstrated exemplary performance during the current year and selects one officer who stands out as having distinguished him or herself beyond the norm. This individual is usually, but not always, selected from among the Officers of the Quarter. This officer is announced and acknowledged at the annual banquet early in the next calendar year.
OFFICER OF THE QUARTER
Bellevue Police Department's Excellence in Law Enforcement Committee meets each quarter during the months of April, July, October and December to select an officer who has demonstrated performance above and beyond that which is routinely expected. Officers are recommended by their supervisor or a commanding officer.
MEDAL OF VALOR
The Medal of Valor is the highest award the department may bestow upon an officer. It is given to an officer who performs an exceptionally courageous act with extraordinary decisiveness and presence of mind as an attempt to save or protect human life without regard to his or her safety.
The Medal of Valor is presented by the Chief of Police at the annual awards banquet.
PURPLE HEART MEDAL
The Purple Heart Medal is awarded to an officer who has been wounded by a deadly weapon, likely to cause death or great bodily harm, because of an act of hostility or during an extremely hazardous operation or event.
MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD
The Meritorious Service Award is given to an employee who performs a dangerous and/or distinguished act that exceeds the performance that is normally expected.
The Lifesaving Award is presented to an officer who rescues or saves the life of another from downing, fire, hazardous material incident, or other extremely dangerous situations. This also includes medical first response lifesaving efforts that contribute to the resuscitation and recovery of patients, victims or suspects.