Members of the Bellevue Police Department spent the morning of April 8 placing 386 blue pinwheels in the ground outside the police station at 2207 Washington St.
Each pinwheel represents a case of physical or sexual abuse against a child investigated by the Bellevue Police Department in the last year, said Investigator Laurie Synowiecki, police spokeswoman.
The pinwheels are part of Pinwheels for Prevention, a national program recognized by child abuse advocacy centers, law enforcement agencies and other organizations.
“We became involved this year just to show our support for that program and to help bring awareness to the problem of child abuse,” Synowiecki said.
With April being Child Abuse Prevention Month, this was a way for the department to show support, Synowiecki said.
The department works closely with Project Harmony, a child advocacy center, and other similar organizations.
“We appreciate all the work they do to help us out and being our partner in preventing child crimes,” Synowiecki said.
The pinwheels will be up throughout the month of April as a way to bring awareness to the problem.
“The whole purpose of bringing awareness to the problem is to encourage people in our community to be advocates themselves by reaching out and helping kids in need and supporting their local organizations ... that provide services to children and families in the area,” Synowiecki said. “It’s always a good reminder for folks to remember those agencies.”