In 2016 a study was performed for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office by Lan Luo, a doctoral student at Washington State University, to determine if the current staffing levels were sufficient to meet the needs of the citizens in Jefferson County.
The study concluded that the current staffing levels were inadequate, indicating that:
Two more deputies should have been added in 2016.
Two more deputies for years 2017-2019, followed by another staffing study for years 2020-2022
Two (2) additional supervisors should have been added in 2016 to provide adequate supervision of the JCSO deputies during all shifts.
PORT HADLOCK, WA - A petition was created last month by the Sheriff's Office Citizen Advisory Committee to bring increasing attention to the issue of understaffed patrol deputies serving the county (Hood Canal to the Pacific Coast), especially on the account that the planning stages of the Pleasant Harbor project in Brinnon is nearing completion, which is forecast to increase demand for additional deputy service calls.
One thousand signatures must be collected by November 1, 2017 to help bring this issue to voters by having it placed on the November ballot.
Dick Schulte, the Kala Point representative on the panel, is collecting signatures at the Kayla Point Clubhouse and office.
A copy of the petition is also at the Tri-Area Times office in the Port Hadlock Kivley Center, and you can also download a copy of the petition below to collect signatures yourself and submit them by November 1.
STUDY SHOWS CURRENT STAFFING LEVELS INADEQUATE
In 2016 a study was performed for the JCSO by Washington State University to determine if the current staffing level was sufficient to meet the needs of the citizens in Jefferson County. The study concluded that the current staffing levels were inadequate to meet the needs of Jefferson County's citizens, indicating that:
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