By Carol Cummings
Bothell Police Chief
On July 28, while giving a speech at Suffolk County Community College, President Donald Trump made comments that appeared to encourage peace officers to engage in rough treatment of persons being taken into police custody. Whether these comments were made seriously or in jest, they stand in opposition of the mission of the officers of the Bothell Police Department.
Providing professional, compassionate and effective service to our community in a fair and impartial manner is something we take great pride in. Officers of the Bothell Police Department swear an oath to uphold the constitution and laws of the United States and the state of Washington and to protect and serve all persons, regardless of status.
The Bothell Police Department maintains policies, procedures and extensive review methodology for all uses of force. Our officers are trained to treat all persons with dignity and respect as this is an essential component to retain the legitimacy and trust of the community we serve. As the chief of police, I expect the best from my officers and will accept nothing less than professional service to all members of our community. I am proud that my officers regularly exceed my expectations as they provide critical law enforcement services for our city.