The is online and interested in what you have to say.
"We're announcing a new community survey from the police department on our website as part of the chief's initiative to bring the department forward and make the department more responsive to the community's concerns," Lt. Kate Stephens of the Salem Police Department said.
The survey, available on the Salem Police Department's website, asks community members to comment on neighborhood issues as well as their experiences with members of the department.
Some questions include:
- How would you rate overall crime in your neighborhood?
- Have you had contact with the S.P.D. in the last 12 months? If yes, please indicate which members you have been in contact with?
- How would you rate our personnel who answer the phones?
- How would you rate our police officers?
- Has there been a time when you decided NOT to contact the police to report a crime or seek assistance for an incident that could have been addressed by police services?
- Overall, how would you rate the Salem Police Department?
- Do you feel the S.P.D. provides ample information to the community regarding crimes, crime prevention etc?
Stephens said the chief and department want to know what "the community concerns are — what people like, don't like and what's they'd like to see change."
Stephens said Chief Paul Tucker is dedicated to technology.
"This is just one of the ways we're trying to improve services to the community," she said.
Stephens said the department hopes to issue the survey three times each year — in the spring, post summer and post Haunted Happenings. In addition to residents, the department hopes to garner the opinions of out-of-town visitors, especially after Halloween.
In addition to the survey, Stephens said the department also has an app for smartphones (which was developed by a Peabody Police officer), now available on the department website.
To access the survey, click here.
The smartphone app is available here.