March 14, 2017
Meeting was called to order at 7:30am. Guest Speaker, PAPD Police Chief Brian Smith led the flag salute.
Lee Whetham, Mark Ohman, Theresa Murphy, Jason Viada and Ankur Sham.
Jack Glaubert moved and Cherie Kidd seconded approval of the minutes for March 14. Motion carried.
A letter of thank you will be sent to Clallam Transit for their decision to provide bus service to and from Bainbridge Island. George Bergner said that KIRO did a feature on the upcoming Bainbridge service.
Kevin said other resolutions, scheduled for decision today, will be considered at the March 29 meeting.
Phil Kitchel said the Forks High School Fundraiser brought in a record $128,000.
Nathan West, Port Angeles City Planner, corrected several items in the morning paper, that will e brought up at the City Council meeting tonight: No public hearings will be held on the Transportation Benefit District on Code changes.
Marc Abshire, Chamber, invited all to the after hours on Thursday from 5:30 – 7:00pm at Honda Wilder. Cosponsors are Kitsap Bank, Jim’s Pharmacy and Bella Italia.
Betsy Reed Shultz said the Captain Joseph House is about 70% completed and will be ready for opening in 2018. (She still has tickets for the Elvis presenter on March 25).
Matt Rainwater said he still has tickets for Lincoln Day Dinner, also on March 25.
Harry Bell announced that the Governmental Affairs Committee will meet after this meeting.
Police Chief Brian Smith said with 60 employees the Department is not only fully staffed by 30% of them are new to the force. Detective Jason Viada took us through his life in the Department and life on the beat. He started out with D.A.R.E., moved on to Patrol to Detective to Narcotics to Patrol. Some things change, such as 8 hour shifts are now 11 hour shifts. Type of radio and submission of reports. Some things never change he said, “Nothing replaces the cop on the beat”. His service log prioritizes things – “People still call the police about anything”. Daily reports take time as they have to be typed, sent, wait for proofreading, corrected and then sent again. Much time is spent on calls, reports, following leads and talking with witnesses.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:
Q: Skill to be a good writer?
A: Yes, because facts and reports must be brief yet correct and readable. Cars do have computers but they are not located in a place for offers to reach to type and send reports.
A: Not illegal in this area. Port Angeles receives funds to help monitor the boarder which in turn means an officer is usually downtown where they can talk to panhandlers. There is limited space in the jail (120 beds are usually full) so arresting them is not a good solution. It is difficult to write a law without violating a person’s First Amendment rights.
Q: Do you have good relationships with other law enforcement agencies?
A: Yes. Good relationships with other governmental and tribal agencies.
Q: Use of new technology?
A: New uses are proving effective with the tax dollars spent. For example, his smart phone has maps and 28 cameras with live feed.
Q: Drugs a problem?
A: Drugs are one of the reasons for stealing and property crimes. Many drug habits can cost $200 a day.
Q: Body cameras?
A: Another case of privacy and rights. Footage might show interior of home, minors, modesty, etc. and might become public. Request for copies can be made under the Public Records Act so time and money have to be spent watching and editing the tapes. (For a detailed interview between Detective Viada and PDN Report Jesse Major on the subject of Body Cameras take a peek at the article in the PDN on March 22, Page A9).
March 28: Susan Hilgren, Executive Directory of TAFY (The Answer For Youth)
Meeting adjourned at 8:31am