The Metropolitan Police Department has launched a community survey designed to identify ways to improve its services to all community members. Acting Chief of Police Cathy L. Lanier says that "[a]ll of us in the MPDC are committed to reducing crime and the fear of crime by establishing 'customized community policing' strategies to address individual neighborhood problems." The survey will help the police department identify and prioritize issues that will help it improve service to the public. The MPD seeks to gauge public perception of the department, identify its level of engagement with the community and assess the level of fear in the community. The police department will use this information as a baseline to compare service improvements in the future.
District residents and business owners, commuters, and visitors are welcome to participate in the survey. Members of the community may complete the surveys online at http://www.mpdc.dc.gov/communitysurvey or via a paper form which they can print from the Web site. Blank surveys and collection boxes are also available in every police district station and substation, as well as in all 22 DC Public Libraries. To find the closest MPD facility to you, visit http://www.mpdc.dc.gov/districts.
Additionally, hard copies may be completed and mailed to MPDC Headquarters. Survey respondents are asked to complete the survey by March 14, 2007, whether they do so electronically or via a printed form. Your answers are confidential and will be used only to help the Department understand community issues. MPD plans to track its progress over time through additional surveys just like this.
For more information about the survey, please contact Annie Russell, Director of the Policing for Prevention Division, at (202) 727-1585, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.