The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Benevolent Foundation was established in 2018 by Sheriff Gary Simpson and Deputy Jeff Rogers as well as representatives from the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office and engaged community members. The KCSBF was created to organize and strengthen the services of the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office and to improve public safety in Kitsap County. In addition to serving the members of the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, the KCSBF also prides itself on building positive community relations with law enforcement.
The KCSBF works directly with citizens, businesses and local organizations allowing law enforcement to support the community while engaging the community to support law enforcement. As stated by Sir Robert Peel (circa 1829), “Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.” The partnerships between KCF, KCSBF, the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, and the community are the personification of the very principles identified by Sir Robert Peel in the 1800’s.
The KCSBF supports the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office initiatives and programs that the county cannot readily fund. A very small portion of the Sheriff’s Office annual budget goes to discretionary spending on equipment. The KCSBF helps the Sheriff’s Office keep pace with rapidly evolving technology, training techniques and strategies.
Public safety cannot rest on the shoulders of law enforcement alone. As much as we all need the police, they need our support as well.