“Swift and Certain” proves reliable for Hoquiam City Jail as they celebrate 1 year opening
The Hoquiam Police Department celebrated the one year anniversary of the reopening of the city jail yesterday, April 1, 2014, and Chief Jeff Myers tells us business is booming. “As long as we have the contract with the DOC I have no doubt that we will continue to operate. In fact what we really need to do at this point is expand because there was one point last week where we had 27 inmates – remember we’re only bunked for 14 male 4 female, we were out of mattresses and the DOC was trying to bring in 6 more, which they had to divert to other facilities outside Grays Harbor.
Celebrating with a cake is (left) Chief Jeff Myers, Deputy Chief Don Wertanen, Police Services Officer Jared Spaur and DOC Supervisor Dave Thomson who supervises the community corrections offices in Grays Harbor in Pacific Counties.
And for the record, the prisoners did not partake in the cake.
Under a contract to hold state probation violators, the city was able to reopen the city jail to full-time 24-7 operation. Myers added that the swift and certain program appears to be working “What it does tell me is that the system that the state has gone to with community corrections seems to be working. We are holding accountable those that need to be, and you hope that at some point in time it starts to change those folks’ behavior.”
The program focuses on repeated and consistent arrests, instead of court dates and jail time, to curb recidivism. Myers said over the past year, the city has had a close partnership with the department of corrections in holding not only city prisoners but also state probation violators from Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties.
The contract with State DOC has offset 74.8% of the operating expenses to operate the city jail. Myers added “I believe this is been a very successful partnership not only because it allows the city to have a full-time jail again, but it also enhances public safety in all of Grays Harbor by holding offenders accountable.”
The city is currently working to fill one police services officer position, Myers tells us they will also recognize their two newest later this month “Two of our new police services officers are graduating the corrections academy in Burien at the criminal justice training commission on April 11th. And even with those two joining our ranks we’re still trying to hire one more police services officer so we’ll be running another entry-level test, applications are due to city hall by April 28th.” For details visit www.cityofhoquiam.com