Community Survey

In 2024, the City of Akron will hire a new Chief of Police. In order to assist Mayor Shammas Malik and his team in making this decision, we invite you to take this survey regarding the future of the Akron Police Department. This survey will begin an open and honest conversation about what is needed in the next Chief of Police. We look forward to your honest feedback and value your opinion!

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* 1. DEPARTMENT PRIORITIES – Please rank each of the following priorities for the Akron Police Department on a scale from 1 to 7 with “1” being a Very Low Priority and “7” being a Very High Priority.

  Very Low Priority (1) 2 3 4 5 6 Very High Priority (7)
Crime prevention & reduction
Improving mental health response
Staffing to reflect the diversity of the community
Sufficient staffing levels 
Increase in Department training  
Response time reduction
Crime solving/investigations
Community-oriented policing
Enforcing lawful and orderly conduct
Neighborhood quality of life
Positive engagement with youth
Fair and just policing
Reducing racial disparities
Reducing police use of force
Officer accountability

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* 2. DEPARTMENT PRIORITIES – Do you have any additional comments or suggestions on overall Police Department priorities?

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* 3. CHANGE – What, if anything, would you like to change in how the Police Department interacts with your community?

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* 4. What, if anything, do you feel the Police Department does well in their interactions with your community?

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* 5. What, if anything, would you like to see the City and Police Department do differently to help you feel safe?

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* 6. CHIEF OF POLICE PRIORITIES – As you may know, the City of Akron is currently searching for a new Chief of Police. In your own words, what would you say should be the first priority for the next Akron Chief of Police?

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* 7. And what would you say should be the second priority for the next Akron Chief of Police?

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* 8. QUALITIES – The following are some qualities, qualifications, or skills that a new Akron Chief of Police may have. Please select the three (3) that you think are most important to see in the next Akron Chief of Police.

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* 9. Do you have any other comments or suggestions regarding the qualities and/or experience of the next Akron Chief of Police?

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* 10. How would you rate your overall experience with the City of Akron Police Department:

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* 11. Compared to a year ago, do you feel that Akron is safer, less safe, or about the same?

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* 12. Is there anything else you can think of that the City should consider when selecting the next Chief of Police?

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* 13. Do you live in the City?

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* 14. What is your zip code?

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* 15. How often do you interact with the police?

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* 16. Where have you interacted with police previously?

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* 17. Do you work in the City?

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* 18. What is your race/ethnicity Optional

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* 19. What is your age? Optional

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