BELLINGHAM, Wash. — The City of Bellingham announced today, Friday, January 28th, in collaboration with the Downtown Bellingham Partnership, they have started a program where trained and unarmed security personnel are going to be “additional ‘eyes on the street,’ assist those in need, deter crime, and support other outreach and service providers.”
The announcement was accompanied by a photo reportedly of a member of this safety patrol who is wearing a hat and shirt identifying him as an “RSU Security Agent.”
Clearly identified, unarmed, vaccinated security personnel are scheduled 24/7, part of an initiative to support a safe, clean, welcoming downtown. They are trained in de-escalation and customer service, and focusing on building relationships with all downtown stakeholders.
This initiative is in collaboration with the Downtown Bellingham Partnership, with participation and feedback from our downtown business community, funded in part by federal American Recovery Plan dollars available to support districts and industries impacted by the pandemic.