Meet the Department
The Chief of Police and Deputy Chief of Police of the Bainbridge Island Police Department (BIPD) are responsible for strategic planning, directing department operations, and working with the city manager, city council and citizens to ensure peace and public safety on Bainbridge Island. They also serve as media contacts, initiate and supervise community outreach events, represent the department at community functions, and work with community groups to shape a collective vision of policing. Administrative staff also maintain intergovernmental relationships with other regional law enforcement agencies, first responders, homeland security, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Washington State Department of Transportation.
The BIPD’s investigations unit is comprised of a detective sergeant and two detectives that investigate major crimes occurring in the community and perform follow-up investigations on cases initially handled by patrol officers with regard to property crimes and crimes against persons. Detectives interview suspects and victims, take witness statements, collect and process crime scene evidence, and testify in court. Additionally, detectives conduct background investigations of agency applicants, represent the department at local meetings and committees, and fill in for patrol during shift shortages.
In association with the Marine Water Access Committee, the Harbormaster organizes, coordinates and directs activities related to the use, operation, security, maintenance and improvement of Bainbridge Island harbors. This includes facilitating services for commercial and recreational boaters, working closely with volunteer harbor stewards to orchestrate harbor activity, collecting fees for water-related uses, providing status reports for consideration and action, and ensuring compliance with federal, state and local laws regulating harbor activity. The harbormaster also works with the U.S Coast Guard and the Department of Natural Resources to address vessels that are lost, found, adrift, sinking, derelict and abandoned, works with the executive and finance departments of the city to manage transient and long term use of harbor buoys and city docks, and maintains records of visiting and residential boaters. Visit the Harbormaster’s page for more information.
With our island community’s 53 miles of rugged shoreline, the BIPD’s Marine Services Unit is a critical component of public safety. Our primary vessel is a well-equipped 33-foot SAFE Boat capable of carrying 18 passengers. The vessel, referred to as M8, features high definition imaging sonar, radar, a chart plotter, an encrypted Automatic Identification System, a micro-ROV (remotely operated vehicle), radiation detection equipment, 2 VHF radios, collision and depth alarms, and an on-board computer with thermal imaging capability. The vessel and its crew operate with several core missions in mind; namely search and rescue, vessel assistance, recreational boating enforcement, environmental response, and assistance to other agencies such as the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the U.S Coast Guard, Washington State Ferries and the Department of Homeland Security. The vessel primarily conducts operations in the jurisdictional waters surrounding Bainbridge Island, but occasionally leaves the immediate area when emergency assistance is requested by other agencies.
The department’s second boat, referred to as M11, was added to the fleet in 2016. An 18-foot vessel with a single outboard motor, M11 is significantly smaller and more easily maneuverable than M8, and perfect for conducting in-harbor operations such as boating safety checks, boater education, and boater assistance as well as enforcement of the island’s three “No-Wake” Zones (Eagle Harbor, Port Madison, Manzanita Bay). With just a 5 person capacity, the vessel can easily be launched at primitive sites, and trailered with just a pickup truck. M11 was outfitted in 2016 with a power hauler to extract derelict fishing gear from the water, which cannot be conducted aboard M8 without damaging its collar.
BIPD’s parking enforcement officers (PEOs) perform field and office work related to the enforcement of parking ordinances and maintain parking records. Year round, PEOs walk and drive throughout the island to ensure compliance with parking regulations, especially in carpool areas, no parking zones, disabled parking areas, time-limited spaces, and address vehicles blocking access and sidewalks. PEOs are also responsible for addressing parking complaints, impounding improperly parked or abandoned vehicles, directing traffic when needed, appearing in traffic court, attending community meetings to address parking issues and managing the downtown employee parking permit program.
The BIPD’s patrol division consists of 2 sergeants, 4 corporals, and 10 patrol officers. Patrol officers respond to calls for service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the Bainbridge Island community, maintaining peace and order by protecting life and property through impartial enforcement of federal, state and local laws. Officers address criminal activity, conduct traffic collision investigations, direct traffic in congested areas and during emergency situations, identify and eliminate safety hazards, serve search and arrest warrants, issue traffic citations and infractions, and investigate crime scenes. Patrol officers generally perform their duties using police vehicles, but also conduct walking beats, utilize police bicycles for patrolling congested areas and parks, and have two fully equipped police motorcycles at their disposal.
The BIPD also has a reserve officer assigned to provide security and protection at the municipal court, and a community resources officer focused on outreach and events.
The BIPD Support Services Division consists of two police clerks, an evidence technician, and an administrative supervisor. The primary responsibility of this group of civilian employees is to organize, preserve, maintain, reproduce and disseminate department records of all kinds including case files, correspondence, contracts, complaints and evidence according to Washington State Law.
Police clerks greet citizens in person, by phone, and via email to evaluate and address all types of inquiries. They also provide fingerprinting services, issue concealed weapons permits, register home and business alarms, issue pet licenses, respond to public disclosure requests, seal records, check and quash bench warrants, enter protection orders, process stolen property into the state WACIC system, and much more.
The evidence technician is carefully trained in the intake, processing, storage, preservation, inventory, release and destruction of evidence related to criminal activity as well as found property and items held for safekeeping. Additional responsibilities include purchasing supplies and equipment for officers and staff, and maintaining equipment inventory records.
The administrative supervisor oversees the support services division and assists the chief and deputy chief of police with accounts payable, budgeting, calendaring, complaints and recognition, contracts, correspondence, projects, training and travel logistics, and special events.