1. Community Survey on Public Safety and Law Enforcement

Your law enforcement agency invites you to take this "Community Survey on Public Safety and Law Enforcement."
 It will take approximately five minutes of your time and is completely confidential. Your participation will help your agency to improve it's services, processes, and reputation.

The survey is designed for a law enforcement agency to gather opinions and experiences from members of it's community. The survey assesses five key components that involve your local law enforcement agency:
*Community involvement
*Safety
*Procedural Justice
*Performance
*Contact and Satisfaction

You may come into contact with multiple law enforcement agencies, but please answer the questions thinking only about the law enforcement agency that invited you to participate  in this survey. Whether you are policed by a sheriff's office, a municipal or regional police department, or another type of agency, the term "law enforcement agency" is used throughout the survey to refer to the local agency that invited you to participate. 

Please indicate your response to each item by selecting the appropriate answer based on your feelings, opinions, and experiences. You may skip any survey items you do not feel comfortable responding to or know how to answer, but we encourage you to respond to as many items as possible. This is not a test, and there are no right or wrong answers. Please answer each question honestly.

The "Community Survey on Public Safety and Law Enforcement" was developed by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) with the support of ICF International and law enforcement experts. 

* 1. To what extent does the Vinton Police Department develop relationships with community members (e.g., residents, organizations, and groups)?

* 2. To what extent does Vinton Police Department regularly communicate with community members (e.g., websites, e-mails, or public meetings)?

* 3. To what extent does Vinton Police Department make it easy for community members to provide input (e.g., comments suggestions, and concerns.?

* 4. To what extent does Vinton Police Department work together with community members to solve local problems?

* 5. Community policing involves officers in the Vinton Police Department working with the community to address the causes of crime in an effort to reduce the problems themselves through a wide range of activities. Based on this definition, to what extent do you think the Vinton Police Department practices community policing?

* 6. Please select the three (3) issues you think are the greatest problems within your community.

* 7. To what extent do you feel safe in your community when you are outside alone during the day?

* 8. To what extent do you feel safe in your community when you are outside alone at night?

* 9. Over the last 12 months, to what extent have your feelings of safety in your community increased, decreased, or stayed the same?

* 10. To what extent do officers in the Vinton Police Department treat people fairly?

* 11. To what extent do Vinton Police Officers show concern for community members?

* 12. To what extent are the Vinton Police officers in your law enforcement agency respectful?

* 13. To what extent is the Vinton Police Department responsive to the concerns of community members?

* 14. To what extent do you trust your Vinton Police Department ?

* 15. If you had contact with an officer in the Vinton Police Department during the past 12 months, to what extent did the officer sufficiently explain his or her actions and procedures?

* 16. To what extent is the Vinton Police Department effective at proactively preventing crime?

* 17. To what extent is the Vinton Police Department addressing the problems that really concern you?

* 18. To what extent are you satisfied with the overall performance of the Vinton Police Department?

* 19. How many times in the past 12 months have you had contact with your law enforcement agency for traffic issues (e.g., citation, warning, or vehicle crash)?

* 20. To what extent are you satisfied with your interactions with the Vinton Police Department for traffic issues?

* 21. How many times in the past 12 months have you had contact with the Vinton Police Department for 911 emergency calls?

* 22. To what extent are you satisfied with your interactions with the Vinton Police Department for 911 emergency calls?

* 23. How many times in the past 12 months have you had contact with the Vinton Police Department for non-emergency calls (e.g., to report a crime or suspicious activity)?

* 24. To what extent are you satisfied with your interactions with the Vinton Police Department for non-emergency calls?

* 25. How many times in the past 12 months have you had contact with the Vinton Police Department for other contacts or interactions (e.g., attend a community meeting or talk to an officer on patrol)?

* 26. To what extent are you satisfied with your interactions with the Vinton Police Department for other contacts or interactions?

* 27. How many years have you lived in your community

* 28. What is your gender?

* 29. Are you Hispanic or Latino?

* 30. What is your race?

* 31. What is your age group?

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