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Downtown Talks Breakfast Series: Strategies for a Safe Downtown

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Downtown Talks Breakfast Series

Strategies for a Safe Downtown

As Bellevue continues to grow, the needs of downtown employees, residents and visitors are changing. Hear what initiatives the City of Bellevue and the Bellevue Police Department are taking on to address public safety, respond to future growth and work effectively with the downtown community. 

Program includes a presentation and Q&A with the Bellevue Police Department, plated breakfast, a coffee bar and the opportunity to network before and after the talk.


Chief Wendell Shirley

Shirley worked at the Santa Monica, California, Police Department for 26 years before retiring in 2019. He then returned to public service after the nationwide protests over social justice and police reform. Chief Shirley joined the Bellevue Police Department in March 2021 as the assistant chief. He is now the first person of color to head the department which includes 186 commissioned officers, along with 47 non-commission personnel.

Captain Landon Barnwell

Barnwell's law enforcement career started with the Tallahassee Police Department where he worked for nearly three years. He lateralled to the Bellevue Police Department in 2008. During his 14-year career in Bellevue, he has been a patrol officer, field training officer, patrol/bike team corporal, patrol/bike team sergeant, crowd control bike officer, office of accountability sergeant, and most recently promoted to patrol captain.