From Forum Moderator Steve DuPont, Executive Director of Government Relations at CWU
I will ask the same questions to each of the Law Enforcement participants. Then I will ask a series of questions to the Board of County Commissioners participants. Each will have an opportunity to contribute to the same questions. Since we only have 90 minutes, try to be as concise as possible to provide the newest information to the public. (try for 1-minute answers)
1 What is your biggest concern for maintaining Law and Order in Kittitas County for the next two years?
2 Do you know of any City, County, or State directives that hinder the County’s ability to maintain Law and Order in a time of civil unrest?
3 Are there any specific actions the BOCC could take to assist the Sheriff’s Department to Maintain Law and Order?
4 What do you advise citizens to do if their person or property is threatened and authorities are not responsive or unable to respond? Resistance?
5 Do you believe the Sheriff’s Department is adequately staffed and funded. Comments on the need for police reforms locally and the potential of budget cuts.
6 How do you see the Sheriff’s Department interface with the city and state policing in times of unrest?
7 There has been an uptick in unregulated camping in Upper County along with a disregard for the burn ban and campsite littering. What can be done?
Here we will bring the BOCC in… how do you respond to the last question?
8 At a time of Civil unrest, does the County have any jurisdiction within the city limits? Should it?
9 Do groups like Black Lives Matter or Antifa get any special dispensation because of national attention, or should they?
10 The City Council has gone on record as being in favor of Black Lives Matter, do you as a potential future member of the BOCC agree with the goals of BLM as noted on their website and stated by their spokespersons in the news?
11 What are your biggest concerns regarding public safety in light of social unrest and statements of national political figures that the turmoil will continue after the upcoming elections? Should the BOCC address those concerns?
12 Are there potential ordinances that would aid the Sheriff’s Department in maintaining Law and Order?
13 People believe there is a need for public policy to protect citizens whose properties threatened by protestors when authorities are not responsive or are unable to respond. Do you agree? Also, do think there is a need for police reform or the possibility of defunding the Department?
PLACE FOR AUDIENCE QUESTIONS IF TIME REMAINS
That completes the forum questions. Would anyone like to make a statement on any issue that was not covered during the forum?
I’d like to thank all participants for their remarks and the Central Washington Sentinel for making this Law and Order Forum Possible. (Should the CWS as hosts thank the panel participants, the KCRP, and moderator, and volunteers somehow???)