The survey will be conducted by telephone between 5 and 9 p.m. today and Thursday, and again on Feb. 27 and 28.
The survey is a planning tool for the police department and annually targets about 400 households. The Reno Police Department uses 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.
Area residents also can participate in the annual survey online, even if they were not randomly selected for the telephone poll. The online poll is available now through March 5 by visiting www.reno.gov/rpdsurvey.
This will be the 30th annual survey conducted by the Reno Police Department, which began the surveys in 1987 as part of its shift away from an emphasis on traditional service delivery strategies that are viewed as primarily reactive and focused on symptoms rather than causes. The community-oriented policing philosophy emphasizes problem solving partnerships between the police and community to improve the quality of life.
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 John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. It has also been recognized and featured in several publications.