Paul supports fully funding our police and first responders, as well as ensuring policies are in place that will allow them to do their jobs.
Supporting our first responders
As a past member and chair of the Civil Service Commission that oversees the rules for hiring and promotion in the Bellevue Police and Fire Departments, Paul has seen firsthand the daily challenges that our police and first responders face. He’s also seen how difficult it is to recruit and retain first responders. Paul supports fully funding our police and first responders, as well as ensuring policies are in place that will allow them to do their jobs.
Hiring and Retention
Paul understands the need for and importance of hiring and retaining more high-quality personnel to keep our neighborhoods safe. The police department in particular has had a difficult time filling open positions and retaining officers, due to Bellevue’s high cost of living. Paul supports the hiring bonuses and salaries necessary to hire and keep top-quality police and firefighters in the city. Additionally, he believes it’s time to implement a take-home vehicle for police officers, a program that has proven cost-effective in many other cities as well as improving officer retention.
In recent years, we’ve seen several areas around the region become more dangerous. So as the Eastlink extension nears completion, Paul supports the recently funded Transit Unit to keep commuters safe while traveling on our public transportation. We need light rail to be a success, and riders won’t use the system if they don’t feel safe.
A welcoming city must be a safe city
Bellevue is a welcoming city, and it's crucial we remain that way. Welcoming the world is a reflection of our values, and our quality of life and economy both depend on it. Safety is a necessary part of maintaining a wecoming city - people will not choose to live, work, or visit Bellevue if they don't feel safe.