Last year, I participated in the Kent Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy. We met weekly for 12 weeks at the police department. We learned so much about our diverse, talented safety force. We also had three months in the current police building to understand how inadequate it is. It took me several weeks to remember how to get to our meeting room. Nothing about the facility is in sync with our new downtown nor with the electronic age.
Our town has had a facelift and an important upgrade. Our police department has not. That building was designed before computers were. The patched-up building does not meet the needs of the professionals that report there to keep our city safe.
The building is not adequate: not for the officers, the dispatchers, our K-9 officers, the evidence that must be stored, not even for the folks who find themselves in our pathetic jail. As the years have gone by without a new building, many new mandates have been introduced, including record keeping requirements, evidence maintenance, and even rights for those in jail. The electronic age has put a burden on the antiquated electrical system.
Our police force needs to be in a facility that allows the safety of the community to be monitored and enforced efficiently.
Please support our police force. Vote “Yes” on issue 4.
Karen Beck, Kent