Officers Bingham and Miller Receive Life-Saving Awards
On September 15, Officers Jon Bingham and Brenton Miller were presented with Recreational Boating Safety Life Saving Awards from the Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission Boating Program. The award is presented to officers who demonstrate the highest professional responsibility, courage and bravery when taking actions to rescue a person or persons involved in a recreation boating activity to prevent injury or death. The circumstances that led to this honor involved the successful rescue of two men from the waters of Puget Sound after their kayak capsized in February of this year. The officers are pictured below with their Sergeant, Ben Sias.
Left to right: Officer Jon Bingham, Sergeant Ben Sias, Officer Brenton Miller
Welcome BACK Officer Jon Ledbetter!
The Bainbridge Island Police Department is proud to welcome Officer Jon Ledbetter back into the fold. Earlier this year, Ledbetter separated from the BIPD to explore other opportunities with Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue. After completing the Fire Academy and EMT School in July, Ledbetter felt his heart calling him back to law enforcement and requested a return to service. He returned to full duty on September 16 and we are excited to have him back. Says Jon, "even firefighters need heroes!"
Welcome Officer David Pepicelli!
Please join us in welcoming Officer David Pepicelli! Originally from Brockton, Massachusetts, Pepicelli joined the Coast Guard in 2016 and was stationed in Rockland, Maine for his first year before attending Avionics Electrical Technician training in North Carolina. From there, he was stationed at Airstation Barbers Point on Oahu, Hawaii where he has spent the last four years working and flying on C130Hs.
Pepicelli’s first day with the Bainbridge Island Police Department was August 16, 2022. As an entry level officer, he will attend the next available Law Enforcement Academy at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center in Burien. After graduation, he will return for several months of field training with Bainbridge Island partners before patrolling solo.
In his spare time, Officer Pepicelli enjoys hiking, playing drums, and spending time with his wife and 14-month-old daughter. He is very excited to be in the Pacific Northwest and starting his new career in law enforcement.
Did you know some police reports can be filed online?
With a few certain caveats, a number of police reports can be filed with just a few clicks.
Here's what you need to know:
• The incident must have occurred within the Bainbridge Island city limits;
• There are no known suspects;
• The incident involves one of the following crimes: harassing phone call, identity theft, information only report, hit and run, lost property, misdemeanor incidents (as long as they don’t involve domestic violence, assault, or protection order violations and are not currently in progress), poor or unsafe road conditions, theft, theft from a vehicle, traffic issues, vandalism, and vandalism of a vehicle.
Visit http://www.kitsap911.org/online-incident-report/ to begin your report. The site can also be used to provide information to a police officer related to a report he or she has already taken for you.
For everything else, call 911 - even for non-emergencies. Officers are dispatched via radio and by calling 911 there will be a record of the call and officers can respond in real time.
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!
Stay Informed - Sign up for Nixle Notifications
Do you know about Nixle? It's a free notification system used by the Bainbridge Island Police Department and many other law enforcement agencies nationwide to advise subscribers of road closures and detours due to vehicle collisions or other emergent issues. Sign up today on the Nixle website and get real time updates on your cell phone, email, or both. It's free!