The Bonney Lake Police Department believes in strong relationships of mutual trust between police agencies and the communities they serve are critical to maintaining public safety and effective policing. The Bonney Lake  Police Officers rely on the cooperation of community members to provide information about crime in their neighborhoods, and to work with the police to devise solutions to crime and disorder problems.

As a City and as a Department, the Bonney Lake Police participate and host a number of community events. Please visit the police calendar or see the events below.
Chief For A Day
This event is currently on hold due to COVID-19.

We hope you will join us for the next Chief For a Day event (TBD)  at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.

Chief For a Day is about celebrating the lives of children who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening or chronic medical condition. The hope is to provide these children with a day of fun they will never forget and to become a part of their precious lives. It will be our mission to help these children, and their families, to forget about their illness if only for one day.

Children will be transported by police motorcade from a destination to be determined to the WSCJTC. In addition to each child having a hand-tailored uniform from their sponsoring agency, each child will be sworn in as “Chief” or “Sheriff” for the day. After the swearing in ceremony, the new Chiefs and Sheriffs will then experience outside presentations made by law enforcement agencies.

This is a FREE (EVERYTHING IS FREE…even the pony rides and face painting) event that is open to the public, so please pass this information on to your friends, family, and coworkers!

Typical Agenda from previous years:
10:15 AM: Arrival of police motorcade
11:00 AM: Opening ceremony
12:00 PM: Lunch (by donation)
1 - 3 PM: Outside demonstrations/presentations

A  peek at some of the demonstrations/presentations in the past: pony carousel, helicopter, police canine teams, bounce houses, face painting, fire trucks, SWAT teams, Department of Licensing ID station, taser demonstrations, Insitu unmanned security drones, Harley Davidson, Nile Shrine Center—Shurtah Unit, King County Regional AFIS Program, FBI, WA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife poacher trailer and bear dogs, Puget Sound Blood Center Bone Marrow Program, and MUCH MORE!

As said above, this event is FREE as it is run strictly on donations. If you would like to make a monetary donation to this event, please make a check out to CFAD 2021 and mail it to WSCJTC, Attention: CFAD 2021, 19010 1st Avenue South, Burien, WA 98148.

We look forward to seeing you in August 2021. 

Citizen's Academy


General Information

If you work or live in the City of Bonney Lake, you are invited to apply for the Bonney Lake Police Department Citizen's Academy!

This is a popular and successful annual event, and citizens who attended attest to a much better understanding of their Police Department and the Criminal Justice System. Plus, it’s a lot of fun!

Academy Mission
 The Bonney Lake Police Department is dedicated to enhancing community partnerships by increasing our citizens understanding of the criminal justice system through education.

What is a Citizen's Academy?
The Citizen’s Academy is a free 6-week classroom-based course that includes hands on learning and mock scenes. Classes meet on Monday and Wednesday evenings as well as field trips on Saturdays. Our goal is to facilitate a better understanding of the criminal justice system and local police services through education.

When is the Academy?
Class begins on TBD, 2024. Class hours are from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. A time commitment of two evenings (Mondays & Wednesdays) per week for 6 weeks is required. Several Saturday field trips are also scheduled for visits to South Sound 911, the Puyallup Jail, the Puyallup Police Training Center, EVOC, and mock scenes.  

Are there any requirements?
Applicants must be 18 years of age or a High School Senior, live and/or work in the City of Bonney Lake, have a valid driver’s license, and no criminal record. All applicants are subject to a criminal history and warrant check.
There is no fee to attend and class notebooks will be provided to participants.

Where is Citizen’s Academy held?
Classes on Mondays and Wednesdays will be held at the Bonney Lake Police Department located at 18421 Veterans Memorial Drive E., Bonney Lake, WA 98391. Saturday's field trips will be held at various locations throughout Pierce County.  

What will I learn by attending the Citizen’s Academy?
The curriculum is intended to provide a comprehensive overview of the operational dynamics of the Bonney Lake Police Department. Classes include criminal law, police patrol procedures, crime prevention, DUI/traffic enforcement, domestic violence, investigations and more.

Demonstrations by the Metro TRT and K-9, student participation in “mock scenes” and emergency vehicle operations training (EVOC) add to the education and excitement. The course is concluded with a graduation dinner and awards ceremony.

If you have any questions, contact the Community Service Officer responsible for the Citizen’s Academy or call the BLPD at 253-863-2218.

Register for the Citizen's Academy

To register please fill out the online form below:  


The Bonney Lake Police Department is dedicated to enhancing community partnerships by increasing our citizens understanding of the criminal justice system through education.

Coffee With A Cop
The mission of Coffee with a Cop is to break down the barriers between police officers and the citizens they serve. Coffee with a cop is held in a neutral location that provides the opportunity for real conversations about issues that matter. The atmosphere is casual, where community residents can sit down with officers and ask questions or share what is on their mind.

This is an agenda free, informal conversation about what matters to community residents. No speeches or specific topics.

Next Coffee with a Cop:
December 6, 2023
10am-12pm and 4-6pm
National Night Out