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We are going pink in October.....all for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Look carefully and you will see our officers wearing pink badges and shoulder patches.

Bellingham Police Chief Rebecca Mertzig has authorized the wearing of the pink patches and badges by our officers for the entire month. Cancer, all types, affects many members of our community - BPD officers and families included. We want to show our support for those fighting any cancer diagnosis, stand with survivors of cancer, and encourage screening for early detection. Please be on the lookout for some more exciting news during this month.

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We are going pink in October.....all for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Look carefully and you will see our officers wearing pink badges and shoulder patches.

Bellingham Police Chief Rebecca Mertzig has authorized the wearing of the pink patches and badges by our officers for the entire month.  Cancer, all types, affects many members of our community - BPD officers and families included.  We want to show our support for those fighting any cancer diagnosis, stand with survivors of cancer, and encourage screening for early detection.  Please be on the lookout for some more exciting news during this month.

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I love the pink badges. Way to go. Thank all of you for keeping us safe.

Thank you! Can you give a suggestion as to what to do in this type of situation: We live on a short quiet dead-end street on top of the Hill. For the past two nights people unassociated with any of the neighbors have been coming up and parking on the street to sleep in their vehicle. We are concerned for our safety and need advice on what to do. Thank you for responding.

Thank you Bellingham Police Department for keeping Bellingham safe and doing it in style ! 💕💕💕

You are one awsome department. Thank you for all you do.

Thank you Bellingham Police Department 😀😀😀😀😇

THANK YOU ALL for your service.

Way to go BPD!!

Looks great!

I Back the Blue !!!❤

Thank you. 💗

I love pink badges! 🥰

Pink looks pretty cool on you Bellingham Police Department . 🍨

This is awesome but there are different colored ribbons for different types of cancer and mental health and everything. Just an idea maybe wear different colored patches each month for a specific awareness. Now that would be cool. #cancersucks

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Hi BPD! Did you know that incarcerated women have poorer access to breast cancer screening than any other population in the US? Did you know that the overlap of women who are targeted by the police (lower levels of formal education; poverty; drug and alcohol use/abuse) is almost identical to the highest non-genetic risk factors for breast cancer mortality? What is the "awareness" being spread with this campaign? Are you offering community resources on how to identify breast cancer? Are you arranging a mobile mammogram unit to visit vulnerable communities for free? Are you inviting people to receive no-questions-asked drug and alcohol education as it relates to cancer risk? Are you designating anyone to help incarcerated or jailed people with breast and chest health in ANY WAY? Or are you simply participating in some of the most ruthless pinkwashing: the kind that does nothing for breast cancer while propping up systems that further marginalize the most vulnerable?

I was just thinking how I can’t wait for all the “what aboutism” that floods the comment sections of posts like these... but I’ll admit I wasn’t prepared to be proven right by the very first comment, 9 minutes after the post went up. It isn’t reasonable for police officers to change their patch every month. They pay for the patches and donate to funds out of their pocket to wear them during October. (Could you imagine the backlash from the public if the City of Bham paid for different colored patches each month?!) Plus someone would still ALWAYS feel left out. Breast cancer starts at a younger age than most other types; it is the most common type of cancer; and BIPOC folks disproportionately die from it. Folks need the reminder to get screened, and funding is still super imperative for many who need treatment. And unfortunately it’s a particularly personal disease for *most* people. Don’t be the person who ruins the supportive spirit of these things. We all know awareness for every kind of cancer or chronic illness would be great, but it just isn’t possible.

Well done BPD!!! You guys are awesome!!

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Thank you for posting awareness. I'm a week out from mastectomy surgery right now, and grateful it was caught; praying for a good recovery. Increasing awareness is good.

Thank you..One year and doing great..Breast cancer.

LOVE IT!!!!

Thank you!

Way to go BPD

Can I ask who supplies these? Is it a private party or the BPD?

Bellingham police ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Let’s see that new pink wrap on the Explorer! It’s 🔥!

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BPD Day shifts catch bank robbery suspect within 44 minutes of the robbery!

Just as the last runners were completing the 10k/5k race today, our day shift officers were responding to multiple calls, including a bank robbery at Key Bank on N. State Street in the downtown core.

At 10:10 a.m., Saturday September 24, a male walked into the bank, presented a note which stated he had a loaded gun and would shoot if not provided with a specific amount of money. The employee, clearly fearing for their life, handed the cash over.

The officers were given a description, disseminated a photo of the suspect and began searching for him. By 10:54 a.m., the officers located the suspect walking along Cornwall near Vallette and took him into custody without incident. No gun was found on him during the search. He still had the cash on him......well, all but $100, evidently he lost that along the way. If you find that bill blowing in the wind along Cornwall....call us we will pick it up and return the evidence to the bank. 💨💰

In another odd twist, right before being sent to the robbery, officers were responding to the Whatcom County Jail to speak to a man, who had called inside the facility and told them he needed to speak to an officer before robbing a bank. The jail employees called 911 and BPD officers were driving there at 9:56 a.m. to speak to him. The man grew angry and left about five minutes before the officers got there and walked straight to the bank to rob it.

Now, rather than being outside of the jail speaking to officers before he robbed the bank, he is booked inside the jail for robbery 1st degree.

Great teamwork between the 911 dispatchers, patrol shifts and the bank employees got the robbery suspect identified and caught.

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