Keeping Kent safe is full time job.
Kent’s Police Department has a total of 67 employees dedicated to doing that 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
About three-quarter of those employees are front line officers, dispatchers, jailers, detectives, and investigators who patrol that line standing between safety and harm in our community. The rest of the employees work behind the scenes to make sure everybody has what they need, when they need it, to do their job.
As you might imagine there’s a long list of everything that goes into ensuring public safety. Training, technology, transparency, accountability, analytics, communication, collaboration are the categories that jump off the top of my list.
Life safety is anything but simple and it’s easy to lose sight of what’s most important when you’re navigating the maze of legal and administrative requirements while juggling layers of complex details that go into modern policing.
The best police departments have figured out how to fit those hundreds of daily details into an overarching strategy for what they’re trying to accomplish. That’s a mission driven organization and I’m proud to be a part that effort in Kent.
To that end, Chief Lee sent around the big picture goals for the Kent Police Department for 2015. Her message was clear — successful policing today is as much about how we police as it is how effective we are at stopping and preventing crime.
Policing today is a partnership with a community and her goals reflect that theme throughout. It’s an expectation that she upholds for the operations that occur on her watch.
It’s still early in the year but Chief Lee is already making progress on those goals. At the end of January she held a swearing-in ceremony for 2 new hires to get her department closer to full staffing.
And building on the success of the previous Citizen Police Academies Chief Lee announced the opening of the next Kent Police Academy class scheduled to begin in March.
“The Kent Police Department is pleased to offer the Kent community the opportunity to participate in another Citizens Police Academy. The Citizens Police Academy offers an opportunity for members of the Kent area to see first hand what police officers do and experience. In addition, it offers attendees an opportunity to make a unique connection with the Kent Police Department and its members.
The Citizens Police Academy will involve eleven weekly classes. Each four hour class will be held at the Kent Police Department. Attendees will learn about criminal law, case law, court processes, parking and traffic enforcement, drunk and drugged driving enforcement, criminal investigations, use of force, crime prevention, and specialized police functions. Attendees will also be afforded to experience officer “Ride-alongs” and police equipment. This is a rare opportunity for area residents to see the difference between television and the reality of police work.
The next class will begin on Thursday, March 19, 2015.
Applications, selection criteria, and further information may be downloaded below. Further inquiries may be directed to Lieutenant Prusha at 330.673.3221.”