Community Outreach

The Bainbridge Island Police Department is committed to developing relationships with the community it serves.  We also believe it’s important for 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 hosting family-friendly community events and attending other gatherings when possible. Outreach efforts include National Night Out, and the Community Police Academy, details below.

Community Police Academy - Applications now being accepted!

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a police officer? If so, you are invited to apply for a spot in the Bainbridge Island Police Department’s Community Police Academy. While it won't prepare you for a career in law enforcement, it does help island residents and business owners become more familiar with their police department and the officers who serve them. The Academy covers everything from traffic enforcement, patrol, and criminal law to use of force, de-escalation, and investigations.

The course was last offered in 2020 but was cut short due to the pandemic. The Academy will make its 2022 return beginning on May 4th.  The eight-week class will be held on Wednesdays from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Optional Saturday sessions are being planned for tours based on availability and access to facilities.

Applications are now being accepted and class size is limited to 20 students. Preference will be given to those participants who were enrolled in the 2020 course. Call the BIPD at 206.842.5211 to obtain an application or download one here. Send your completed application to Sergeant Gary Koon at gkoon@bainbridgewa.gov or mail it to BIPD, 625 Winslow Way E, BI, WA, 98110.

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A little background on the Community Police Academy...

Founded in 2004, the Community Police Academy is offered just once per year. Participants are presented with frank and candid explanations of how the units in the department function and have an opportunity to ask questions of guest speakers. There are no tests to pass and no educational credits earned, but participants gain a better understanding of the department’s decision-making processes, how and why policies are created, and have an opportunity to learn about the kinds of situations officers face every day. Most importantly, participants can determine more accurately how effective the department is in serving the community. Some of the topics covered include traffic enforcement, narcotics, investigations, criminal law, defensive tactics, and identity theft. Participants will also have an opportunity to ride with an on-duty patrol officer, and take tours of the 911 dispatch center, Kitsap County Coroner’s Office, and Kitsap County Jail.

National Night Out

National Night Out is an annual family-friendly event hosted by police departments across the nation to promote crime prevention and personal safety by providing educational materials for parents, hosting games about safety for kids, and allowing community members to get to know the officers who serve them.  There is also free food, prizes, and impressive equipment displays featuring police cars, police motorcycles, ambulances, fire vehicles, BIPD’s police boat, and more.  The location of the event varies from year to year, but it always takes place on the first Tuesday evening in August.  Unfortunately, the BIPD is not hosting National Night Out in 2021, but is planning to organize an event for 2022.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook!  You'll be the first to know what plans we have in store.

Barb and Lesley at the BIPD Booth