Special Announcements

Updated July 8th, 2020

Kitsap County Sheriff's statement concerning

statewide face coverings order

 

PORT ORCHARD, Wash.  --  Kitsap County Sheriff Gary Simpson released the following statement, June 25, regarding Washington State Secretary of Health Order 20-03, dated June 24, 2020:

 

"The Kitsap County Sheriff's Office has been receiving calls and inquiries regarding the updated state directives on face mask requirements in response to the recent Washington State Secretary of Health order regarding the requirements of wearing of face coverings.  The statewide face covering order is a public health and safety measure.  It is not a mandate for law enforcement to detain, cite or arrest violators.

 

"The Kitsap County Sheriff's Office has not cited, detained, or arrested any citizen because of recent health directives issued by the State of Washington or the Kitsap County Health District and will continue to focus on education and partnership with our community to respond to the public health crisis.  We encourage all citizens of Kitsap County to make safety-focused decisions and follow health-based directives."

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Washington State Secretary of Health Order 20-03 may be read here:   SecHealth20-03  

 

An Overview of COVID-19 Statewide Face Covering Requirements for business owners, employees and customers may be read here:  FaceMasks

 

Frequently Asked Questions:  Face Mask Enforcement


Q1.  Should I say something if someone near me isn't wearing a face covering?

A1.  No.  Someone may have a medical reason for not wearing a face covering. Whether those around you are wearing face coverings or not, focus on keeping six feet of distance between you and washing your hands often.

 

Q2.  What should I do if I see someone not wearing a mask?

A2.  Nothing.  Some people have conditions or circumstances that would make wearing a cloth face covering difficult or dangerous.  Just wear your mask and stay six feet away.

 

Q3.  Why aren't the police enforcing the state's mask order?

A3.  During these challenging times, remember that we're all in this together and each of us must do our best to be our best.  Local law enforcement agencies and public officials are focused on education and community engagement regarding state orders related to COVID-19 and the best ways our community can limit the spread of COVID-19 and recover from the pandemic.   

 

As noted by the Washington State Patrol:  "The statewide face covering order is a public health and safety measure, it is not a mandate for law enforcement to detain, cite or arrest violators but rather an evidence-based and safety focused directive meant to slow the spread of a potentially deadly disease." 

If you have concerns about individuals not wearing masks, you may visit www.kitsappublichealth.org/concern  to submit a concern to the Kitsap Public Health District.

 

Q4.  Where can I get more information about wearing a mask?

A4.  https://www.coronavirus.wa.gov/information-for/you-and-your-family/face-masks-or-cloth-face-covering

 

Q5.  What should I do if I have a concern about employees at a business not wearing masks?

A5.  Customers who are concerned that a business is not adequately enforcing the face mask order or other Safe Start requirements can file a complaint.  Violations can be enforced by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries as a safety and health violation by the employer.

Click here to submit a complaint:

https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/09349a1c56844b539fea1c2cabd16d56

 

Q6.  What should I do if I have a concern about the State's mask order?

A6.  Please contact the governor's office at (360) 900-4111.

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Updated March 30th, 2020


Frequently Asked Questions:  law enforcement responses to “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” amendment, Washington Governor’s Proclamation 20-05.

 

Q1.  What will police do to enforce the governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Proclamation?

 

A1.  Law enforcement’s primary role is to help educate our citizens about how to comply with the orders to remain at home.  We seek voluntary compliance to the governor’s proclamation.  Enforcement is an option when compliance is not obtained.

 

 

Q2.  Are we under some form of ‘martial law?’

 

A2.  No, this is not martial law.  Law enforcement agencies are not being tasked to detain, arrest or cite anyone, or establish roadway checkpoints to inquire about persons being away from their residence.

 

 

Q3.  What if I am contacted by police because the officer believes that I’m not complying with the governor’s proclamation?

 

A3.  When law enforcement officers encounter those who obviously are not complying with the governor’s orders, the officers will remind them, as appropriate, of the recommendations and restrictions of the governor’s proclamation.  However, enforcement is an option when compliance is not obtained.

 

 

Q4.  Under what circumstances can I leave my residence?  Do I need some type of written authorization?

 

A4.  The Proclamation states that citizens may be out in public for several essential activity reasons.  The main point here is to understand that if there is not an essential reason to be away from your residence, you are expected to stay at home to stay healthy.  Essential reasons to be away from home are:

 

Personal safety reasons

To obtain provisions (food / fuel)

For health / medical purposes

Providing care for another

Transporting others

Outdoor exercise such as walking, hiking, running or biking.  Appropriate social distancing practices must always be observed.

 

There is no permit or other authorization required to be away from your home for an essential reason.

 

 

Q5.  Will police arrest for violations of the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” proclamation?

 

A5.  Through education and cooperation, law enforcement agencies are seeking voluntary public compliance with the governor’s proclamation.  Enforcement is an option when compliance is not obtained.

 

Law enforcement agencies have no desire to make arrests or take anyone to jail for violations.  However, obvious intentional violations of the governor’s proclamation, outside of essential activity reasons, may be documented in a complaint report that is submitted to the Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for review / charging.

 

 

Q6.  When would police make an arrest?

 

A6.  When requested by the Kitsap Public Health District, law enforcement agencies will investigate allegations of activity related to violation of the governor’s COVID-19 “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” proclamation.  If officers develop probable cause that a criminal offense has been committed, the perpetrator(s) may be subject to arrest and booking into jail.

 

In lieu of arrest the investigating officer could forward the complaint report, with probable cause certificate, to the Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.  The prosecutor’s office will review the report for criminal charging.  If charged, the violator will be issued a summons to appear in court.

 

Q7.  ______ business is not essential and / or is violating the governor’s proclamation for operational requirements - please come shut them down.

 

A7. The governor’s office determines what businesses are essential, you can find that listing here: 

https://coronavirus.wa.gov/what-you-need-know/whats-open-and-closed/essential-business

If you believe that the business is violating the governor’s proclamation, please see the governor’s website to complete an online complaint form: 

https://coronavirus.wa.gov/government-emergency-actions 

 

Click on the “report suspected violations” link. 

 

 

Q8.  ______ business/group is violating the governor’s proclamation for social distancing operational requirements - please come shut them down.

 

A8.  If you believe that the business is violating the governor’s proclamation, please see the governor’s website to complete an online complaint form: 

https://coronavirus.wa.gov/government-emergency-actions 

 

Click on the “report suspected violations” link. 

 

 

Q9.  I do _____ type of work. Is this considered an essential business? 

 

A9.  The governor’s office determines what businesses are essential, you can find that listing here: 

 https://coronavirus.wa.gov/what-you-need-know/whats-open-and-closed/essential-business

To clarify essential status, or request inclusion on the list, please fill out this form 

or call the governor’s office at 360-900-4111. 

 

 

Updated March 26th, 2020

COVID-19 update

PORT ORCHARD, Wash.  --  In accordance with amendments to Proclamation 20-05 signed by Governor Jay Inslee on March 23, 2020, the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office has enacted additional adjustments to its operations to conform to the requirements of the governor's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order, as part of the state-wide response to the COVID-19 emergency.

Effective March 25, 2020, the following changes will take place until further notice:

Closures:

  • All Kitsap County Sheriff's Offices are closed to the public for business.
  • If you have an emergency, please call Kitsap 911.
  • For general questions between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday, call 360-337-7101.  The sheriff's office will have limited staff on duty to handle calls.
  • After hours, please call Kitsap 911.
  • Registered Sex Offenders (RSOs):  if you are a transient RSO, click on this link for specific instructions concerning weekly registration requirements:   

https://www.kitsapgov.com/sheriff/Documents/KCSO%20Closure%20COVID%2019%20RSOs%2003242020.pdf

  • Property and Evidence:  the sheriff's property and evidence unit is closed for all in-person services.  For further guidance, click here:

 https://www.kitsapgov.com/sheriff/Documents/KCSO%20Property%20Modifications%202%2003242020.pdf

 

COVID-19 developments are occurring rapidly. The sheriff continually assesses the agency's role to respond and provide essential public safety services and determine how best to support Kitsap County residents.  Further updates will be announced as this emergency progresses.

 

Please check Kitsap County Sheriff's Internet and social media accounts for updates:

Web site:  https://www.kitsapgov.com/sheriff/Pages/default.aspx

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/kitsapcountysheriff/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/KitsapCoSheriff




Updated March 24, 2020     

Message from the Sheriff

To the Citizens of Kitsap County:

 

I always believed public safety was a public responsibility.  Each of us has a role to ensure our communities are safe.  Law enforcement is responsible for enforcing law, and citizens are responsible to follow the law.  Community safety requires everyone to do their part.

 

Governor Jay Inslee has ordered all non-essential businesses to close temporarily, and non-essential employees to “Stay Home, Stay Safe.”  Staying home is an obligation everyone needs to follow to combat the impacts of COVID-19. The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office continues to implement changes by reducing staffing levels, cutting back office hours, and eliminating non-essential tasks… sending people home to be safe. We will continue to provide all necessary 911 law enforcement responses. 

 

To assist, I ask every citizen of Kitsap County to remain at home and observe the governor’s order.  While it is unlawful to violate the order, our response will begin with education and requests for voluntary compliance before law enforcement options are considered.  Please be responsive.  Stay home, stay safe and do your part to ensure public responsibility

 

Citizens can make a difference!  Compliance means you may save the life of a friend, family member or yourself. The sooner everyone does their part, the sooner we can move past these very difficult times and reduce the impact COVID-19 has on our daily lives.

 

Thank you,

 

Gary Simpson, Sheriff

Port Orchard, Wash.