The City of Bremerton and the Bremerton Police Department offers business and residential property owners an opportunity to participate in a Trespass Enforcement Authorization Program. This program gives authorization to the Bremerton Police Department to enter the property and contact and question any person or person(s) who may be unlawfully on the property.
What The Program Does And Does Not Do
The Trespass Program gives authority to officers of the Bremerton Police Department to enter upon the property for the purposes of advising, and if necessary, removing any and all trespassed person(s) from the property.
The Trespass Program does not increase the Bremerton Police patrolling of the property.
What Are The Definitions Of Criminal Trespass?
RCW 9A.52.070 Criminal Trespass first degree: 1) if he/she knowingly enters or remains unlawfully in a building 2) Criminal trespass in the first degree is a gross misdemeanor.
RCW 9A.52.080 Criminal Trespass second degree: 1) if he/she knowingly enters or remains unlawfully in or upon premises of another under circumstances not consulting criminal trespass in the first degree 2) Criminal trespass in the second degree is a misdemeanor.
Post No Trespassing signs at visible locations on the property. (i.e. walls, doors, parking lots) The No Trespassing signs must contain the following information (click here to download a No Trespassing sign):
Violators subject to arrest and prosecution
Participants in the Trespass Program authorize officers of the Bremerton Department to enter upon or inside the property to post No Trespassing signs if the existing signs are missing, not visible, or otherwise deemed unsatisfactory at the discretion of the Bremerton Police Department.
Participants in the Trespass Program will cooperate with the Bremerton Police Department and the City Attorney’s Office in the prosecution of any violations occurring on the property, where a citation was issued or an arrest was made.
For more information, contact the Bremerton Police Department Community Resource Unit at 360-473-5231.