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Fallen BIPD Officer Kurt Enget Mourned on Anniversary of Passing

Police Officer Kurt Enget and K-9 Whitney

People from across the state gathered Saturday, April 10 to honor fallen Bainbridge Island Police Department Officer Kurt Enget.   Officer Enget passed away on April 10, 2020 from complications related to COVID-19. Due to restrictions on gatherings, services were delayed at the request of his family.  On this one-year anniversary of his passing, his life and service to the community were honored with a procession from the Bainbridge Island Police Department to the Gateway Fellowship Church in Poulsbo where a memorial service was held (and livestreamed).

Officer Enget began his law enforcement career in 2004 as a reserve deputy with the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office. He then joined the Suquamish Police Department in 2005 as a full-time officer, where he served until joining the Bainbridge Island Police Department in 2015. Officer Enget was a certified K-9 handler with his partner, Whitney, for the BIPD.  He was also a field training officer.  During his service to the Bainbridge Island Police Department, Officer Enget received numerous commendations and awards.

Here is footage of the funeral procession crossing the Agate Pass Bridge.  A few photos from the service will be published when they are available.

Police station now open, by appointment only.

Effective April 15, the police station will begin conducting business by appointment only. Please call 206-842-5211 or drop us a line at police@bainbridgewa.gov to schedule one. 

Rest assured that police officers are still on duty 24/7.  If you need to report a crime or speak to an officer for any reason, please call 911.

Service updates:

1.    The drug drop box for old medications is available by appointment.

2.     Fingerprinting services are available by appointment.

3.    The police ride-along program is suspended (this includes marine ride-alongs).

4.    The Community Police Academy is canceled.

5.    Concealed weapons permit (including new applications) are being accepted by appointment.  If you prefer, renewals can be done by mail.  More information and instructions can be found in our 'Programs and Services' section.  

6.    To the furthest extent possible, 911 calls for service will be conducted via phone or online through the CopLogic service.

7.    Civil standbys and ‘keep the peace’ type calls will not be performed unless in accordance with a court order.

Other police services will continue to be provided as much as possible, but please be aware that there may be delays, and we ask for your patience and flexibility regarding the delivery of those services.

For more information about what the City is doing in response to COVID-19, please visit:


If you missed Lunch with the Chief

If you were unable to attend Lunch with the Chief on March 23, feel free to view the recording available here:


Police Chief 

Chief Clark on Policy

Good policy is the foundation for public safety operations. It is a critical component that ensures fairness, consistency, and provides guidance for police response. BIPD policies are based on national standards and best practices, comply with state and federal laws, and comply with court rulings. Our policy manual is continuously reviewed and updated and the practices of the department are reviewed for compliance with those policies.

In response to requests from the members of the Bainbridge community, here’s a link to BIPD’s policies. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions or want more information.

Joseph N. Clark, Jr. - Chief of Police

Please report cyber-scams to the FBI

The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) accepts online cybercrime complaints from either the actual victim or from a third party to the complainant. Be prepared with as much of the following information as possible before filing your complaint:

  • Victim's name, address, telephone, and email
  • Financial transaction information (e.g., account information, transaction date, dollar amount, and who received the money)
  • Subject's name, address, telephone, email, website, and IP address
  • Specific details on how you were victimized
  • Email header(s)
  • Any other relevant information you believe is necessary to support your complaint

Visit https://www.ic3.gov/

Do you have a crime tip?

Do you have information that could help solve crime?  If so, we want to hear from you!  Please consider taking a moment to REPORT your tip (you may remain anonymous if you choose to do so). Thank you in advance for helping us keep the community safe by putting criminals out of business!

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