Risk Management Division

The Risk Management Division is responsible for the management of the Police Department Accreditation Process, Professional Standards (policies, internal investigations, complaints, pre-employment background investigations, and Department audits), Property and Evidence Room, and Contract Management. The Risk Management Division is managed by Captain Denise Nielsen (425-487-5561).


The Bothell Police Department is a State-accredited agency under the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) Program.  Bothell Police received its first accreditation in May 2015. The purpose of law enforcement agency accreditation is to professionalize the law enforcement industry by providing a review process for agencies to be certified as operating under industry best practices and standards. The department's participation in this process sends a clear message to the community that the Bothell Police Department is committed to providing services of the highest quality.

Professional Standards Unit

The Professional Standards Unit is responsible for a variety of professional services including policy development and implementation, background investigations, internal investigations, audits, complaint investigations, and review boards. This unit also handles recruitment, testing and hiring.


The Evidence & Property Unit provides a safe and secure environment for storing evidence and property. This unit receives and safely stores evidence from criminal cases, found property and property for safekeeping.  It is the responsibility of this unit to restore property to its rightful owner or legally dispose of the property in a timely manner. The Property and Evidence Section frequently receives items found by citizens. Click here to find out more about Lost and Found.