Congratulations Corporal Charles McCarty

Corporal McCartyPlease join us in congratulating Charles ‘Charlie’ McCarty on his recent promotion to Corporal. McCarty joined the Bainbridge Island Police Department in 2018 as an experienced law enforcement veteran, having served the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office for 17 years prior. Before his career in law enforcement, McCarty served in the US Marine Corps as a Sergeant.

At BIPD, McCarty is a field training officer, marine officer, firearms instructor, Taser instructor and patrol tactics instructor. His significant experience in patrol and as a field training officer, women’s self-defense Instructor (RAD), active shooter response instructor, firearms instructor, Blue Courage instructor, and team member in a tactical response unit helped him shine during the recent promotional process.

In his free time, Corporal McCarty enjoys spending time outdoors with his family.  He also coaches wrestling and baseball.

Congratulations Corporal Charles Kazer

Corporal KazerPlease join us in congratulating Charles ‘Chuck’ Kazer on his recent promotion to Corporal.  Kazer was hired by the Bainbridge Island Police Department in 2015.  Before that, Kazer served as a patrol officer for Alcoa, Tennessee and for Greenwood Village, Colorado and served in the US Navy.

Kazer holds a bachelor’s degree in Social and Criminal Justice Administration with a minor in Business Administration and Accounting from Ashford University in North Carolina. He is also a certified hostage/crisis negotiator, a SWAT operator, and helped co-found a crisis negotiations team during his tenure in Colorado. At BIPD, Kazer is the department’s lead crisis intervention officer and a field training officer.

In his free time, Corporal Kazer enjoys spending time with his family.  He is also an avid home chef and loves fishing.

Congratulations Sergeant William Shields

Sergeant William ShieldsPlease join us in congratulating Corporal William Shields on his promotion to Sergeant. William has served the Bainbridge Island Police Department since 2015 after serving for nine years with the Moscow, ID Police Department.

A graduate of Leadership Kitsap in 2020, Shields also holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology from Portland State University and his master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Idaho. His experience and service to this department in various roles such as fleet manager, traffic collision investigator, field training officer and uniform / equipment specialist led to his selection for the sergeant position.

Sergeant Shields and his family reside in Poulsbo.

Congratulations Sergeant Gary Koon

Sergeant Gary KoonPlease join us in congratulating Gary Koon on his promotion to Sergeant.  Gary was hired by the Bainbridge Island Police Department as an entry level patrol officer in 2012 after serving time in the military.

During his time at the BIPD, Gary has served as a certified firearms instructor. Some of his collateral duties have included boat operator, motorcycle officer, and field training officer.

Gary was promoted to Corporal in 2019. He and his family currently live on Bainbridge Island.

Welcome New Officer Colt Lasnier

Officer Recruit Colt LasnierPlease join us in welcoming entry level new police recruit Colt Lasnier to the Bainbridge Island Police Department.  A Western Washington native, Lasnier joined the Marine Corps shortly after high school and served as a Light Armored Vehicle Operator/Technician, receiving two meritorious promotions, and achieving the rank of Sergeant in less than 3 years.  He also had an alternate billet as a Marine Corps Martial Arts Instructor and successfully completed a Coxswain Small Boat Operator Course while stationed in Okinawa, Japan.

After the Marine Corps, Lasnier earned an A.A.S. in Homeland Security and Emergency Management while working nights as a Surveillance Agent at the Clearwater Casino and has also worked as a Utility Outage Coordinator at the Keyport Undersea Warfare Center.

Lasnier is scheduled to begin the police academy for new recruits in Burien in January of 2022.

Welcome New Officer Roger Swann 

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Description automatically generated with low confidenceJoin us in welcoming Police Officer Roger Swann to the Bainbridge Island Police Department. Officer Swann grew up in Missouri, where he worked in the farming industry and enjoyed a career as a tugboat captain on western rivers. After visiting relatives on Bainbridge Island, Swann made the decision to move his family here in 2017.

In Washington, Swann worked as a mate pilot for a tugboat company that operated on Puget Sound, Lake Union, and Lake Washington before deciding it was time for a career change and entered law enforcement. He was hired as a patrol officer by the Seattle Police Department (SPD) and served that agency for two years until he made the move to BIPD in September, 2021. Swann says he is excited to work for the BIPD and considers it a privilege to serve the community in which he lives.

Farewell Sergeant Trevor Ziemba

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Description automatically generated with low confidenceSergeant Trevor Ziemba, a respected, highly decorated, and charismatic member of the Bainbridge Island Police Department took his leave in September 2021.  After more than 14 years of exemplary service with the BIPD, the Ziemba family pulled up stakes and left Washington State to begin a new chapter of their lives in Florida.

Ziemba began his law enforcement career with a small department in Michigan, followed by a decade with the Los Angeles Police Department. He joined the BIPD as a patrol officer in November 2007.  In addition to patrol duties, Ziemba supervised the crisis intervention training program, developed and facilitated an active shooter and de-escalation training program, and provided leadership and motivational instruction for the Criminal Justice Training Center and other regional law enforcement agencies. Ziemba was also a field training officer, a detective, and a marine officer.  He was promoted to sergeant in 2015. 

Awards bestowed upon Sergeant Ziemba during his career with the BIPD include four life-saving awards, four meritorious conduct awards, and Officer of the Year in 2017. He was also honored with the Criminal Justice Public Service award in 2019, presented by the National Alliance on Mental Illness Washington, and is a 2019 graduate of the prestigious 10-week week FBI National Academy Associates course in Quantico for international law enforcement managers. 

Please join us in wishing Sergeant Ziemba a happy retirement.

Chat with the Chief

If you missed Chat with the Chief on July 21, the video recording is now available.

Chief Clark shared police data, then the event focused on the BIPD’s marine program and featured special guests Harbormaster Tami Allen and Lead Marine Officer Jon Bingham.

Enjoy the video!

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Police Station Available for Walk-in Customers

The police station is now open once again during regular business hours (Monday through Friday 8AM to 4PM) although appointments are still encouraged.  Please call 206-842-5211 or drop us a line at police@bainbridgewa.gov to schedule one. Renewals of concealed weapons permits can still be done by mail. More information and instructions about renewing your permit can be found in our 'Programs and Services' section.

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