Community Outreach

Community Events
The Bainbridge Island Police Department believes It is important for the members of our island community to have the opportunity to get to know the officers who serve them in a friendly, relaxed setting.  As such, we are dedicated to maintaining a strong presence at community events.  In addition to facilitating the Citizens’ Academy, Community Resources Officer Carla Sias also coordinates the department’s involvement in other events such as Bike to School Day, Bike to Work Day, Boater’s Fair, Chief for a Day, Winslow July 3rd Street Dance, Grand Old Fourth Parade, Halloween Party in Downtown Winslow, National Marina Day, National Night Out, Red Ribbon Week, Shop with a Cop, S’mores with the Squad, Special Olympics Torch Run, the Take 25 Campaign, and more.

Police Department Youth Council
The department’s Youth Council advises and makes recommendations to the Chief of Police regarding community safety issues and those of particular interest to teens and young people.  Participation in the group offers Bainbridge High School and Eagle Harbor High School students a direct and meaningful role in developing and shaping a strong partnership between island youth and police officers.  The group currently meets once a month and has 12 members.

Citizen Roundtable
This group was created for the purpose of improving communication between the police department and the community and provides an informal mechanism where members can discuss issues of concern and programmatic suggestions personally with the Chief of Police.  The group provides feedback regarding department operations and work processes, offers suggestions on how the police department can better serve the community, and acts as a conduit for community input on department programs and service levels.  The group meets once per quarter and currently has 15 members.

The department encourages anyone interested in volunteering to attend one of its Citizens’ Police Academy courses first.  The Citizens’ Academy gives people a unique perspective on the responsibilities of law enforcement officers, and helps to educate them on the workings of the department.  Volunteer opportunities with the department usually involve helping with community events, but may include other types of service.  The department usually has anywhere from two to twenty volunteers willing to offer assistance, and we are exceedingly grateful for their service.