On September 16, 2022, Corporal David “Marty” Starkovich, Badge #167, hung up his patrol belt for the last time after the final shift of his 30-year career. He was hired by the Bellingham Police Department on April 16, 1992 after graduating WWU with a BA in physical education, pre-physical therapy. He has served in many different positions in the department throughout his career.
He started by going to the Basic Law Enforcement Academy (BLEA) at the Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC) in Burien, WA. He returned and completed field training and worked patrol for several years. In 1996 he served at the Shuksan Middle School resource officer for three years. After coming back to patrol for a couple of years he was chosen to be a detective in the Northwest Regional Gang and Drug Task Force for two years. After coming back to patrol he continued as a Field Training Officer (a designation he held since 1994) and trained new officers.
Marty held positions as a Master Patrol Officer (ten years,) bicycle officer (two years,) taser instructor (13 years,) a member of the SWAT team (seven years,) Civil Disturbance Team Leader (15 years,) and the department’s body worn camera coordinator for the past several years.
In January of 2018, Marty was promoted to Corporal, a rank at which he retires. Marty served his community more than as a police officer, as he has spent many years coaching high school, middle school and youth leagues in football, baseball, basketball, and wrestling. He has also been a high school football referee for the past 8 years.
In a small ceremony at the station, Corporal Starkovich was presented his retirement badge by Chief Rebecca Mertzig. His fellow officers on his morning patrol shift gave him an honorary escort as he left the department after his last shift. They escorted him to a gathering of his closest friends and family at Windermere Real Estate, Bellingham, where all the officers were greeted with a round of applause and appreciation for what they do every day. Thank you for your support of Marty and BPD!
Marty plans to complete a long list of chores and then take a trip with his family. We wish you the best, Marty!