Northwest NEWS

July 13, 1998

Local News

Sheriff looking for volunteers

   by Woodinville Weekly staff

   SEATTLE--The King County Sheriff's Office is looking for volunteers to help survey county residents on what they expect from the police and how the service they are providing is measuring up.
  
   "In a nutshell, we're doing the survey to get people's impression of crime and the job we're doing out there," said Joe Lewis of the Sheriff's Research, Planning and Information unit.
  
   Lewis said the county is looking for people with good telephone skills to help conduct about 3,850 interviews.
  
   "I'm looking for 320 volunteers who are willing to work one day," he said, adding that people who could work two or more days were welcome.
  
   The survey will require 2,550 man hours, he said.
  
   The county is planning a shuttle to the Lynnwood headquarters of First Northwest Group which has been hired to do the survey.
  
   A short training exercise would precede actual interviews.
  
   Lewis said the survey is also a way police can develop partnerships with residents of unincorporated King County and the nine cities, including Woodinville, for whom it provides police service contracts.
  
   Depending on the number of interviewers who respond, results of the survey could be out later this summer.
  
   To volunteer, call Karen Benedict at (425) 775-3500, or Lewis at (206) 205-7900.