** All responses will remain confidential **

Thank you for participating in this survey. The Putnam Police Panel was established in August in response to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order 203, which requires each of the 500 jurisdictions with police departments in New York State to develop a police reform plan by April 1, 2021. The 21-member panel is chaired by County Executive Odell and includes the Sheriff’s Department and local police officials, as well as legislative, county and municipal leaders. In addition, on November 4, 2020 nine Subcommittees were established to get input and feedback from various constituencies and communities. These were identified as: Education, Putnam Families, Law Enforcement, Mental Health, Latinx, Veterans, African Americans, Community Outreach/Homeless (Clergy), and LGBTQIA+. More information is available at www.putnamcountyny.com/policereviewpanel/

Our LGBTQIA+ Subcommittee is a small group of volunteers. While we come from different backgrounds, we are not experts in policing, nor are we experts in racial theory, gender studies, or social science. But we are bringing our unique experiences forward in an effort to ensure that some voice is given to LGBTQIA+ people across Putnam County. Due to a very limited timeline, and very limited resources provided to our Subcommittee, we have created a quick survey of some big-picture items.  We are asking for your thoughts and experiences to help formulate our recommendations to the Panel. This is by no means exhaustive, and we hope you understand that some of the terms and phrases used may not be encompassing enough to capture every identity. Your constructive feedback is welcome and appreciated.

We thank you in advance for helping us to make the Putnam County Sheriff's Department a safe, equitable, and accountable resource for everyone in our community. 

This survey will be open until December 24, 2020. 

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* 1. How do you self-identify as a member of the LGBTQIA+ Community, openly or otherwise? (please check any that apply)

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* 2. What is your age?

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* 3. What is your zip code?

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* 4. Have you or anyone in your household had any interactions with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department that you believe were affected negatively by your/their gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation or marital status?

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* 5. Have you ever witnessed a crime, been victim of a crime, or otherwise needed police assistance, but hesitated to call the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department because of a fear of personal discrimination due to your gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation or marital status OR due to any other identifying factor, such as race, color, religion, or immigration status?

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* 6. Which of the following polices should the Putnam County Sheriff's Department prioritize to decrease discrimination based on gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation or marital status, within the Department and across the county? (please limit choices to 3)

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* 7. If the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department were to implement any of the above recommendations, how would it affect your relationship with the Department? (Please check all that apply.)

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* 8. If the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department were to develop a volunteer LGBTQIA+ Citizens Committee, would you be willing to volunteer?

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* 9. If the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department were to host periodic roundtable discussions with community leaders and the public, focusing on LGBTQIA+ issues, would you participate?

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* 10. Is there anything else you would like to share about the Putnam County Sheriff's Department?

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