Thank You Police Officers of America

“I have pulled dead, mangled bodies from cars.

I have lied to people as they were dying.

I said you are going to be fine as I held their hand and watched the life fade out.

I have held dying babies. Bought lunch for people who were mentally ill and haven’t eaten in a while.

I have had people try to stab me. Fought with men trying to shoot me.

I’ve been attacked by women while I was arresting their husband who had just severely beat them.

I have held towels on bullet wounds.

Done CPR when I knew it wouldn’t help just to make family members feel better.

I have torn down doors, fought in drug houses. Chased fugitives through the woods.

I have been in high-speed car chases.

Foot chases across an interstate during rush hour traffic.

I have been in crashes. Been squeezing the trigger about to kill a man when they came to their senses and stopped. Waded through large angry crowds by myself.

Drove like a madman to help a fellow officer. Let little kids who don’t have much sit in my patrol car and pretend they are a cop for their birthday.

I have taken a lot of people to jail. Given many breaks. Prayed for people I don’t even know.

Yes, and at times I have been “violent” when I had to be. I have been kind when I could.

I admit I have driven to some dark place and cried by myself when I was overwhelmed.

I have missed Christmas and other holidays more than I wanted to.

Every cop I know has done all these things and more for lousy pay, exhausting hours, and a short life expectancy.

We don’t want your pity, I don’t even ask for your respect. Just let us do our jobs without killing us”

Thank You Police Officers of America

Introduction to Crime Prevention and Fraud Prevention

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Foundation  and Kitsap Bank: have the privilege of presenting an Introduction to Crime Prevention and Fraud Prevention.

May 19th, Sunday, 2019 1-4 pm

The Beach Club
121 Marina View Dr. Port Ludlow

The Jefferson County Sheriffs Foundation is a Washington State licensed Corporation per 501 © 3 (Charity)

Kitsap Bank is a very well known and respected banking institution that does a little extra for their clients.

Law Enforcement is very aware of the fact that the crime of Fraud has rapidly increased among the elders in our society.  Kitsap Bank has addressed this problem by training Kim Johnson to become a Fraud Specialist that can assist our senior residents before they become victims.  Law Enforcement appreciates this interest and additional partnership that does a great deal to protect our communities.

We recently formed a team to bring the information that we have to the public via community meetings.  Our first Presentation is titled “ An Introduction to Crime Prevention and Fraud Prevention”,  it is an introduction since a comprehensive course would take in excess of twenty hours.

Every day we hear and see very disturbing incidents on Television and on the Internet.  This is reality in our society.  Why?  There are a great many reasons that have been studied for years but for most of us it is time to put our finger in the hole in the dyke and do what we can to prevent becoming a victim.  We are not going to address the social issues just the many things that you can do to protect yourselves and your neighbors.

Please take a few minutes and visit our Web Site, WWW.Jeffersoncountysheriffsfoundation.org.  There are several articles that will help you get started.  This site will give you the background of law enforcement going back several thousand years.  It will help you relate to problems while driving, shopping, walking near your home, the simple things you can do to make it safer.  It also covers animals, via Center Valley Animal Rescue and Raptor Birds.  There are bits of humor and many good solid techniques that will make you and your home and family safer.  It is surprising how you can prevent forced entry to your home for less than five dollars.  For twenty-five dollars and a trip to the hardware store you can install several safety devices and we will be glad to explain how!

The Team Members from Kitsap Bank are professional Bank Officers.  Those of us of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Foundation are primarily retired Peace Officers and business professionals.

“Crime Prevention” and “Preventing Senior Fraud”

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Foundation in cooperation with Kitsap Bank
Presents Crime Prevention” and “Preventing Senior Fraud

(Issues for our Community)

Sponsored by The South Bay Community Association

Thursday April 18th, 2019 at 1:00pm
Bay Club, 120 Spinnaker Place, Port Ludlow

Breaking and Entering, Robbery, Assault are headlines all too often seen in our local papers. We want to believe crime doesn’t come to Port Ludlow, but the reality is different. Sometimes our isolation works against us. In addition, there is a criminal element that targets our community just because of our age. This can occur through financial fraud or by people posing as workers trying to help us. This program is intended to:

  1. Provide proven techniques to help you protect: yourself, your home and your possessions. In other words, how to prevent becoming a victim.
  2. Inform you of fraudulent scams aimed specifically at the elderly and give you methods to prevent victimization.
  3. Give you the opportunity to meet with professionals to discuss your specific issues.

INSTRUCTORS: Joe Kaare, JCSF Director of Training and a retired police sergeant will present the crime prevention portion of the program. Presenting how to identify fraudulent scams and fraud prevention strategies will be conducted by Kim Johnson, fraud specialist with Kitsap Bank.

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY: At the conclusion of Kim’s Fraud presentation the audience will be given the opportunity to break into groups to discuss specific questions with the instructors and/or other staff from the JCSF Board of Directors, all of whom are experienced professionals in Law and Justice fields.

A limited number of Power Point packages along with brochures on many of the topics presented will be available. Seating limited to the first 200

Refreshments furnished by Kitsap Bank

Auto Theft or just Joy Riding – you decide!

The Washington State Legislature has determined that “A person is guilty of theft of a motor vehicle if he or she commits theft of a motor vehicle” Theft of a motor vehicle is a class B felony.

Why are we reading about Auto Theft?

  1. Automobiles are an essential part of our everyday lives!
  2. The West Coast is the only region of the United States with an increase of over three percent in motor vehicle thefts over the last several years. (2007)
  3. The family car is a priority of most individuals and families.
  4. The family car is typically the second largest investment a person has next to the home, so when a car is stolen, it causes a significant loss and inconvenience to people, imposes financial hardship, and negatively impact their work, school and personal activities.

Is it really that big a problem?  You be the judge!

  1. In Washington, more than one car is stolen every eleven minutes, one hundred and thirty-eight cars are stolen every day.
  2. Someone’s car has a one in one hundred seventy-nine chances of being stolen
  3. More vehicles were stolen in 2005 than in any previous year.
  4. Since 1994 auto theft has increased over fifty-five percent.
  5. The national crime insurance bureau reports that Seattle and Tacoma ranked in the top ten places for the most auto thefts, ninth and tenth respectively in 2004.l
  6. In 2005 over fifty thousand auto thefts were reported costing Washington citizens more than three hundred twenty-five million dollars in higher insurance rates and lost vehicles.
  7. Juveniles account for over half of he reported auto thefts with many of these thefts being their first criminal offence.

Hopefully your eyes are now open, but, keep in mind that these statistics from the internet (Washington State Legislature) are about fifteen years old.  A great deal has happened since then.  One important thing is the price of vehicle has increased tremendously.  Registration costs have gone up, cost of fuel has gone up, cost of insurance has gone up and sadly auto theft rates continue to climb.

Citizens who have not been a victim of auto theft and suffered the loss of their car even for a few days fail to realize that very few stolen cars are returned to the victim in the condition they were in when stolen.  Tires are flat, body damage very common and generally they have suffered some vandalism.  Naturally the insurance company will take care of it.  Possibly, but it will never be returned to the condition it was when stolen.  What out of pocket expenses did you experience due to the theft?  Renting a car? Paying for the impound and storage fees (cash or credit card) if the vehicle was found quickly.   These out of pocket expenses go on an on.  We have not even considered the costs and inconvenience of having to go to court IF the crook is apprehended!  Now, just consider this, your car was five years old, its has depreciated in value but is still your family car.  When stolen it was wrecked (totaled), you will need to find another vehicle.  Are you going to find something as good as your old car with the allowance the insurance company is offering you?  Are you going to have to retain an attorney?   Prices of used cars have gone up!

Enough already!!!!!

What is the answer?   As much as I hate to say this, the answer is up to you.  How do you protect your home from burglary?

There are several things you can do to prevent auto theft, but each will take some due diligence on your part.

Let’s keep this short and sweet!

  1. LOCK YOUR CAR, EVERY TIME YOU PARK IT!
  2. PARK IN A WELL LIGHTED LOT NOT IN A DARK ALLEY.
  3. PARK WHERE YOUR VEHICLE IS VISABLE TO OTHERS.
  4. NEVER LEAVE YOUR KEYS IN THE CAR.
  5. NEVER LEAVE YOUR WINDOWS DOWN
  6. REPORT SUSPICIOUS PERSONS IN THE AREA (immediately, not next week)

Will this stop Auto Theft?   NO!

Will this make a difference?  Possibly!

What are the chances of my car being recovered?  Very good, a high percentage of stolen cars are recovered in the first several weeks but you can only bet on it in Las Vegas!

Please follow www.jeffersoncountysheriffsfoundation.org  for further information on how to protect your property from theft.

Doug Henderson
President, Jefferson County Sheriffs Foundation
San Diego Police Department
Retired Sgt. San Diego County Sheriff’s Department

Washington Driver Safety Information

The Jefferson County Sheriffs Foundation, would like to remind you how important it is to always drive responsibly and use good common sense judgment while operating a motor vehicle.

Please use this information to remind yourself on the rules of the road and how to safely operate a motor vehicle and help ensure a lifetime of safe driving for you, your family, friends and neighbors.

Everyone can do their part to help reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries caused by auto collisions by always wearing your seatbelt, never driving while intoxicated with alcohol and drugs, and avoiding distractions like texting and other cell phone usages while operating a motor vehicle.

DRIVING RISKS

Your safety while operating a motor vehicle can depend on what you do before you put the car in drive.  Always adjust the seat, mirrors, secure any lose items that maybe lying on the dash or seat and put on the seatbelt.

There are three components to risk while driving: the driver, the vehicle, and the roadway environment.  Driving safely can reduce any risk that may be present. The more risk factors that are present, the more likely it will be that you may be involved in a collision. Keeping your vehicle in good operating order, using the seatbelt and not driving while intoxicated or distracted will help you in reducing risks.

SAFE DRIVING TIPS

Distracted Driving: This is very important to any driver or passenger in a vehicle. Distracted driving is any activity that takes a person’s attention away from the primary task of operating a motor vehicle. Any distraction can endanger the driver, their passengers, pedestrians and other vehicles sharing the roadway. Hear are some types of distractions while operating a motor vehicle to avoid.

  • Texting
  • Using a cell or smart phone
  • Eating, drinking or taking medication
  • Talking to passengers
  • Grooming yourself or animals
  • Reading books, news papers, mail, maps, directions, and work material
  • Watching a video or playing games
  • Adjusting vehicle controls
  • Holding small animals on your lap

Texting or talking on a cell phone is especially dangerous and could get you an expensive ticket. It is against the law to use an electronic wireless device to read, send, or write a text message. It is also against the law to hold a wireless communications device to your ear or hold in your hand.  A “Hands free” device is an acceptable alternative and is defined as a wireless communications device with a speakerphone, headset or earpiece,

Drinking and Driving: Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, is a major causing reason in traffic collisions in which many driver, passengers, pedestrians and other innocent people are seriously injured or killed. If you drink or take prescription medications or drugs, your chances of being in a serious collision are much greater. No one can drink alcohol, take prescription medication or use drugs and drive safely, regardless of how much experience they have driving a motor vehicle.

Marijuana: Marijuana has been shown to impair performance on driving tasks and on driving courses for up to 5 hours. It has been reported that using marijuana can decrease car handling performance, cause slower reaction times, impaired time and distance estimation, cause an inability to maintain headway, subjective sleepiness, affect motor coordination, and impair the ability to clearly focus on what is going on around you.

Other Drugs: Like alcohol and marijuana, many other drugs can affect a person’s ability to drive safely. These other types if drugs can effects like those of alcohol or even use..

Always check with your health provider before operating a motor vehicle when using prescribed medications.

Always use a designated driver to ensure that you, your family and friends get home safely.

Insurance: If you operate a vehicle that is registered in Washington, you must have liability insurance and must carry proof of the insurance with you.

Check the vehicle: It is the duty of drivers to make sure that the vehicle they are driving is safe to operate. A vehicle that is not in good working order creates risk, could be unsafe, could break down or cause a collision. A vehicle in good working order can give you an extra safety margin if you should need it.

Braking system: It is very dangerous to operate a motor vehicle if the brakes are worn or not working properly.

Lights: Rarely does anyone check the lights on their vehicles. Every driver and vehicle owner should practice checking the turn signals, brake lights, tail lights and headlights on a regular basis to ensure they are working properly. Visibility to see what is ahead and being seen by other drivers is very important.

Windshield: A damaged or cracked windshield can easily break in any type of collision or when is struck from inside or outside object.

Windshield Wipers: Windshield wipers keep the rain, snow and dust, off of the windshield to ensure clear visibility. Make sure your vehicle wipers are checked regularly.

Windshield fog or frozen: Please make sure your windshield is completely defrosted before you leave your driveway.

Tires: Worn or bald tires can increase a vehicle’s stopping distance and make turning more difficult when the road is wet or icy. Worn tires can cause hydroplaning and increase your chance of getting a flat tire.

Steering  system: If the vehicles steering is not working properly, it could be difficult to control the vehicle in the direction you want to go or in attempting to avoid objects in the roadway.

Engine: A poor running engine could lose power while you are in the middle of the freeway or any other type of roadway. A properly maintained engine is needed for normal driving to ensure you arrive safely at your destination. A poorly maintained engine may unexpectedly lose power and causing a traffic jam, may not re-start and cause poor fuel economy.

Horn: The horn is an important item for any vehicle, but should only be used as a warning device to others. Excessive use of the horn could get you a ticket.

Loose objects: Unsecured objects, such as groceries, luggage and animals can become dangerous to a driver, or even cause a collision. Take the time to ensure all objects lying on the seats or floorboard are secured so they dot not interfere with your hand and foot operations of the vehicle or cause you to be distracted.

Please do your part to keep our roadways safe and protect yourself, your family, friends and neighbors. Do your part: Slow down, Always drive sober and please do not text and drive.


Article on Washington Driver Safety Information written by the infamous Ken Przygocki

The following pages of Traffic Safety Information are based on the life and experiences of one of the worlds finest Traffic Officers. Ken Przygocki started out as a child! He grew up and was first exposed to Law Enforcement with the Detroit Police Department. Later in his career he transferred his knowledge and skills in Accident Investigation to the Washington State Patrol. Now that he is finally retired he has very generously offered his services and knowledge/experience to teaching the residents of our community the finer points of traffic safety. Listen my children and you shall hear of the graveyard shift of Ken Przygocki (pronounced just like it sounds).

BURGLARY

 A common definition – Entry with the intent to commit petty theft, grand theft or any other felony.

Burglary is probably the most common crime committed in the United States.  The M.O.  ‘Method of Operation’ varies tremendously but generally it is considered a crime of stealth whether it be prowling an unlocked car, stealing from an open garage, shoplifting or entry for the purpose of theft of property from any home or business.  It is also entry into an occupied dwelling.

Periodically we are exposed to mailers, internet adds or television commercials touting the value of security systems.  My personal attitude toward these devices is generally positive.  I am always interested when folks do what they can to protect themselves and others from crimes.  It is an indication that they are interested in protection and willing to go a step further for the safety of their families.

SAFE SHOPPING

The holiday season is upon us.  Every year between mid-November until after the first of the year. Our society with our many religions, customs and cultures celebrate for many reasons and for some reason this leads to SHOPPING, SHOPPING & SHOPPING.  While most are out and about looking for those items that will please their loved ones and friends and acquaintances, there are those that are out for other nefarious reasons that have nothing to do with our enjoyment over the holiday season.

It only takes one negative incident to ruin our attitude towards giving and happiness.  Many of those incidents can be prevented.  Hopefully the suggestions that follow will assist you and your families protect your property from theft of opportunity.