Thursday, February 2, 2017

Help the city by taking a public safety survey: police, crime, future chief and more

Want to help the city plan and understand public safety better? Take a survey! The Mayor recently put out a press release discussing public safety issues. The city, which has lower crime over the year, wants to hear your feedback on the police, public safety and the search for a new police chief.

Here's the survey, and the press release:
Today, Mayor Bowser launched an online survey to gather residents’ input about issues related to public safety in Washington, DC. In 2016, violent crime in DC decreased by 10 percent, with a 17 percent reduction in homicides and a 13 percent reduction in robberies. In her first two years in office, total crime is down 9 percent. The new online survey will inform the Bowser Administration on its work to create a safer, stronger DC. 
“We ended 2016 with decreases in both violent crime and property crime. Engaging the community on our efforts to build a safer, stronger DC will yield better results,” said Mayor Bowser. “My Administration is committed to continuously finding ways to better serve our residents, and this survey and our Community Conversations call will help us do just that.” 
On Saturday, the Mayor will host a Community Conversations call with DC residents. In November, Mayor Bowser hosted a town hall style conference call with over 5,000 residents to hear residents’ anxieties and fears after Election Day. Like the online survey, the upcoming Community Conversations call will focus on gathering input from residents regarding public safety in DC. During the call, Mayor Bowser will be joined by community members. 
Residents will receive a phone call on Saturday, January 28 at 1 pm inviting them to remain on the line for the Community Conversations call. Those residents who stay on the line will join a discussion with Mayor Bowser and other stakeholders - questions will be fielded from community members on the call as well as from Twitter and Facebook.
The online survey is available HERE and can be done either on a computer or smartphone. The survey is designed to take approximately ten minutes for residents to complete. Paper copies of the survey will be available at Recreation Centers and MPD police stations next week. Residents wishing to join the public safety Community Conversations call on Saturday, January 28 at 1 pm can register HERE.

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