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.
Given the possibility of a major resort being considered in Brinnon it is difficult to reasonably project law enforcement demands created by such a place. (Read http://www.tri-areatimes.com/news/pleasant-harbor-resort-and-marina-development-in-final-stages)
However, a reasonable estimation is that the Pleasant Harbor Resort would definitely increase the demand for additional law enforcement calls for service. The resort would bring more people to Brinnon for short-term stays, tourism and employment. There would also be an increase to the transient and non-transient population, as well as to seasonal and full-time residents.
A petition was created in September by the Citizen Advisory Board to garner support for presenting this on a future ballot, leaving it up to county residents to vote, since requests to county commissioners has fallen on deaf ears.
Deputy Petition Locations:
Tri-Area Times Office
141 Oak Bay Rd. Port Hadlock, WA
Carl's Building Supply
10733 Rhody Dr. Port Hadlock, WA
Kala Point Clubhouse & Office
310 Sailview Dr. Port Townsend, WA
Signatures must be collected by Nov. 1, 2017 to place this issue on a future ballot.
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