Thursday, November 3, 2005
Hood River News Editorial
July 23, 2005
Now’s your chance.
The sheriff wants to know what you think about law enforcement in Hood River County.
No one can say they didn’t have an opportunity to let the sheriff and his staff know their ideas.
Next week at Hood River County Fair (details on page A3), Sheriff Joe Wampler and his staff will ask citizens to fill out a survey that rates services and names areas of greatest concern.
The survey is anonymous, and anyone taking it will also have space to expand on problem areas for traffic, drugs, and other matters.
Wampler developed the idea planning meetings with members of his staff. All 19 of his deputies and civil personnel, along with the 13 dispatchers he also oversees, have been invited to submit ideas for expanding and improving services.
Meanwhile, look for a display at the fair showcasing the dispatch center in this year’s fair.
The survey and high profile by Wampler’s office come at a good time. As the population grows, needs change and diversify. The public is the group best equipped to keep the authorities informed about public needs.
Also, what better face to put on the county fair than the people who are on the phone 24 hours each day getting the emergency and enforcement people where they are needed?
The exchange with the Sheriff’s Department can also serve as a reminder to citizens that they, too, have a role in public safety and crime prevention. It is a two-way street, and one worth traveling down, starting with talking to deputies and dispatchers at the booth at the county fair.
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I Can't Keep Quiet singers at "Citizen Town Hall"
‘I can’t keep quiet,’ sing members of an impromptu choir in front of Hood River Middle School Saturday prior to the citizen town hall for questions to Rep. Greg Walden. The song addresses female empowerment generally and sexual violence implicitly, and gained prominence during the International Women’s Day events in January. The singers braved a sudden squall to finish their song and about 220 people gathered in HRMS auditorium, which will be the scene of the April 12 town hall with Rep. Greg Walden, at 3 p.m. Enlarge