Initial Survey of Stakeholder Views

You have been selected to participate in a survey on issues related to the delivery of law enforcement services in Powell County and the City of Deer Lodge.  Please take this short, 10 minute survey as soon as possible.

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* 1. My present position with City or County government is:

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* 2. I work for:

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* 3. Where do you reside? (i.e. - What is your community?)

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* 4. How long have you lived in the area?

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* 5. I feel people are safe in my community.

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* 6. I believe more could be done to address crime in our community.

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* 7. Crime has a noticeable impact on our community.

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* 8. Please rank these categories according to which has the greatest influence on your perception of the community's safety. (1 being most influential, 7 being the least.)

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* 9. Studies of policing reveal that there are three principle organizational styles of policing.  The style a particular police agency embodies is often a reflection of the community it serves.

From your point-of-view, which of the following styles best describes the Deer Lodge Police Department's policing philosophy?

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* 10. From your point-of-view, which of the following styles best describes the Powell County Sheriff's Office policing philosophy?

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* 11. I was a local goverment official/employee when the City and County law enforcement were previously operating as a consolidated agency.

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* 12. If you answered Yes to the previous question (or have personal knowledge on this subject), please explain in your opinion what the significant reasons for the de-consolidation of law enforcement in Powell County were?

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* 13. Are you aware of a present interest to re-consolidate the the Deer Lodge Police Department and Powell County Sheriff's Office?

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* 14. I feel that some of the benefits of re-consolidation could be: (Select all that apply.)

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* 15. I feel the most important benefit of reconsolidation would be:

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* 16. I feel that some negative impacts of re-consolidation might be: (Select all that apply.)

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* 17. I view the strongest arguments against re-consolidation as: (Choose two.)

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* 18. On a scale of 0 to 100, are you in favor of reconsolidating the Deer Lodge Police and Powell County Sheriff's Office?

0= Absolutely Against Consolidation of City and County Law Enforcement 100= Absolutely Favor
i We adjusted the number you entered based on the slider’s scale.

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* 19. mgmuir Consulting has been contracted to study the feasibility of re-consolidating city and county law enforcement and answer the six following question in its study report: 

·         Is consolidation of law enforcement in the best interests of public safety for the citizens of Powell County and the City of Deer Lodge?

·         Is consolidation of law enforcement in the best interests of the safety of the officers?

·         Is consolidation of law enforcement in the best financial interest of the City and County?

·         Why did the past consolidation fail?

·         What changes would be required to make any future consolidation more lasting?

·         What are the current and future trends in law enforcement for small towns and rural areas, specifically in regard to consolidating LE services?

For the consultants reference, please feel feel to provide any additional information which you believe could assist him in answering these questions.

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