RENO, NV - Reno police are getting ready for their annual Public Attitude and Opinion Survey. Police say households will be selected at random for the phone survey designed to provide a continual measurement of public attitudes and opinions about local law enforcement-related matters.
The survey will be conducted between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday this week (February 19-20) and Monday and Tuesday next week (February 24-25).
The survey is a planning tool for the police department and annually targets about 400 households. The Reno Police Department utilizes volunteers from the community to obtain information on topics ranging from performance to community issues, including questions about personal contacts and experiences with law enforcement officers.
You can also take the survey online, even if you're not selected for the phone survey, but the online version won't be available until March 3. Click on the link on the right for that.
According to a news release, this will be the 32nd annual survey conducted by the Reno Police Department, which began the surveys in 1987 as a part of its shift away from an emphasis on traditional service delivery strategies that were viewed as primarily reactive and focused on symptoms rather than causes. The Community-Oriented Policing philosophy emphasizes problem solving partnerships between the police and the community to improve the quality of life of our citizens.
The Reno survey, which is used to measure the effectiveness of the Community-Oriented Policing program, has been recognized as a national model program by the Police Executive Research Forum and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. It has also been recognized and featured in several publications.