King County launches community survey to help “restore” public safety by 2022

King County wants to “resume” public safety by 2022 for those living in unincorporated areas, and is asking for help from residents.

The county recently launched an online survey asking respondents about their thoughts on police work, the King County Sheriff’s Office, community resources, and whether the county should invest in a non-police response to 911 calls. The survey covers more than 30 questions and is available in several languages, including Vietnamese and Somali.

The county’s website acknowledges that colored communities have been disproportionately affected by police practice. County officials hope that input from these communities will enable them to implement policies that are fairer.

“We have an opportunity to create something new and better,” the website says. “As a county, we must approach public safety with a commitment to focus on race and social equality. Together, we can create meaningful change that enhances public safety beyond the role of police and detention, and invests in community well-being and care as defined. of communities like yours. “

The county says the ideas recorded in the study will inform public safety pilot programs officials are hoping to launch next year.

King County is responsible for taking care of them in “unincorporated” areas between cities. These areas include East Renton, Fairwood, Skyway, White Center and East Federal Way. That King County Annexation Data Book, published in 2018, says that more than 110,000 people live in the county’s unincorporated areas.

The pilot programs that the county hopes to launch next year will be aimed at helping these residents, not those living in the jurisdiction of a city within the county. Anyone can participate in the survey, but you will be asked to describe the area you live in and must provide your zip code.

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