Bellevue, WA PD Citizen Complaints

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer filed this request with the Bellevue Police Department of Bellevue, WA.
Est. Completion Aug. 11, 2017
Partially Completed


From: Alexander Cartwright

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to RCW Ch. 42.56 (Public Records Act), I hereby request the following records:

1. What is the total number of citizen complaints made against your department’s officers annually for the last 10 years?

Please include the type of complaint (i.e., use of force, abuse language, unwarranted search) and the result of complaint (i.e., sustained, exonerated).

2. What is the total number of complaints police officers made against their peer officers in department annually for the last 10 years?

Please include the type of complaint (i.e., use of force, abuse language, unwarranted search) and the result of complaint (i.e., sustained, exonerated).

3. What is the total number of calls for service your department received annually for the past 10 years?

4. What is the number of officers involved in shootings in your department for the past 10 years?

Please include the number of officer-involved shootings resulting in discipline.

5. Which of the above data are published publicly? Please provide a link to any and all publicly available reports containing the data above.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.


Alexander Cartwright



Attached please find a letter in regards to your recent Bellevue Police Public Disclosure Request. FYI When we get a request we have 5 business days to respond to it, so if you request something on Tuesday we have until end of business the following Tuesday to respond to your request. Per attached letter questions 1,2 & 4B will be answered by 08/11/17 by our Legal Advisor. The rest of your questions are answered in attached letter.

Thank you,
Ingrid Boswell
Support Specialist<>

Notice: The City of Bellevue is required to comply with the Public Records Act (RCW 42.56). This act establishes a strong state mandate in favor of disclosure of public records. As such, the information you submit to the City via e-mail, including personal information, may ultimately be subject to disclosure as a public record.


Mr. Cartwright,
The link for document uploads you sent has expired, so I am sending the requested information electronically. Attached are the documents responsive to your below public information request filed with the Bellevue Police Department on July 18, 2017. The attached documents are responsive to answer your question of the total number of complaints made against our department over the last 10 years and the type of complaints. Our department does not have consistent records on whether or not the complainant was a citizen or internal employee, but the logs will show where we were able to track that information. None of our Officer Involved Shootings resulted in discipline. Our Records Unit has provided answers to your other questions separately today.

With the disclosure of these documents and information, this closes your request made on July 18, 2017 for the below information.

Melissa Chin
Legal Advisor
Bellevue Police Department
450 110th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98009
Phone: (425) 452-7826

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From: Alexander Cartwright


Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it.

Alexander Cartwright