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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: October 11, 2016
Contact: Angie Silva, Commissioners’ Office
360.337.4841 or asilva@co.kitsap.wa.us
Scott Wilson, Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office 360.337.5698, swilson@co.kitsap.wa.us
No: 2016-089

Public asked to complete Sheriff’s Office precinct needs assessment
Survey looks for input on growth, service in Silverdale, Kingston

(Silverdale, WA) – With the advent of population growth in Kitsap County, there is a high expectation that local government will provide county residents and visitors with adequate public safety services. This no longer is solely a belief – it is now a requirement demanded on an increasingly daily basis.

Working in tandem, the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners and Sheriff Gary Simpson have developed a community assessment to examine existing law enforcement facilities and operations located in Kingston and Silverdale and strategize ways to position resources efficiently, in an ever-changing climate, now and well into the future.

The sheriff and county commissioners wish to enlist the public’s input and suggestions in the initial stages of this important community conversation. A link to a community assessment survey for sheriff’s facilities is available here.

“The improvement in physical resource infrastructure must be addressed as we continue to slowly improve our organizational structure from the low personnel manning crisis that persisted during the years of the 2008 Recession, and after,” said Sheriff Simpson. “Our current facilities are insufficient for increasing manpower and adapting to advances in technology. As the county grows in population density, so must the sheriff’s office grow in its ability to deliver timely preventive and reactive public safety services.”

Silverdale and Central Kitsap are growing at a rapid rate. With the expansion of primary medical facilities as well as expected business and population growth in the coming years, time is now ripe to reassess ways in providing essential public safety services. The current Silverdale precinct, located on the Central Kitsap Community Campus, has more than 20 years of public use and no longer meets the needs of patrol and traffic functions and the communities in which it services. Additionally, the campus is being assessed for redevelopment and the need to relocate services is more pressing than ever.

“After going on a ride-along with our deputies and touring their Silverdale precinct office, it is obvious the facility is inadequate for the services provided and those we need to render in the future,” said Commissioner Ed Wolfe. “We hope the public will respond to the survey and let us know what their needs and priorities are so we can factor them in as we move forward.”

Like other areas in the county, North Kitsap is also growing at a fast rate; ensuring communities continue to be stronger and safer is of primary importance. The sheriff’s office operates a small precinct office in Kingston that is presently unmanned and limited in its ability to provide access to public safety services. Assessing the communities’ desires on types of service needed is vital to ensure a thorough review of current and future facilities needs.

“As community needs increase, as we provide service in an ever-changing way, we need to review the physical space requirements necessary to provide those services in an efficient manner,” said Commissioner Rob Gelder.

For more information on the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office precinct needs assessment, contact:

Angie Silva in the Commissioners’ Office
at 360.337.4841, asilva@co.kitsap.wa.us or

Scott Wilson in the Sheriff’s Office at 360.337.5698, swilson@co.kitsap.wa.us.

The survey is also available here or go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/precinctassessment.

Sheriff's Office Survey

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Last Updated:  October 11, 2016