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Salem Police Department Wants Community Input

Survey is slated to run three times each year.

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.

Jared Robinson April 24, 2012 at 04:08 PM
The final 'comments' field keeps saying 'invalid format' :( I had a nice long thing I wrote but it won't take it and I would prefer to remain anonymous.
Jared Robinson April 24, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Looks like it's limited to 255 characters.
Erin Cyr April 24, 2012 at 04:43 PM
I SO enjoyed filling out this survey!
Don Nadeau April 24, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Outreach itself is an excellent step. Thank you Salem! Focus groups meeting with neighborhood-level "representatives" ( not just councilors though they are important sources of interaction too) who interact with representative portions of each neighborhood is key.
john April 24, 2012 at 08:13 PM
SPD does a great job overall but one of the things that needs more attention is the traffic cutting through neighborhoods. If it can't be stopped it needs to be controlled.Most cut through drivers do not obey stop signs and drive much to fast.
Jared Robinson April 24, 2012 at 08:22 PM
I'd like some more patrols in my neighborhood. always shady 'transactions' happening in my park and kids drinking on the sea wall and smashing bottles.
holly April 25, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Need to add esvroptors to wards numbers as it is pretty imo to results and if people guess its bad for their findings
holly April 25, 2012 at 11:44 AM
They should add descriptors to the q on ward number b ecause if people guess it mucks up the results
Aubry Bracco (Editor) April 25, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Join our live chat with Police Chief Paul Tucker May 4 at noon here on Salem Patch!
Kate Stephens April 30, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Jared, The character limit has been reset to 500 characters. You can also send anonymous tips to the Detectives or Special Response Unit by using the "submit a tip" link on the MyPD application available to smartphone users. Lt Stephens

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