CINCINNATI -- With the advent of social media, Americans across the country rate everything from their restaurants, gyms, mechanics and more; so what about rating their police officers?
The Cincinnati Police Department is looking to do just that with a new initiative asking citizens to comment on and rate their interactions with officers.
CPD said Friday that people can rate their interactions with police as part of the National Police Research Platform’s Police Community Interaction (PCI) Survey. The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is administering the survey.
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Police encounters that involve traffic accidents and stops, as well as most non-violent crimes, will be part of the survey. Interactions with police involving domestic violence, sexual assault or involving juveniles will not be surveyed.
The department said it will use the survey to help improve police procedures and approaches.
Departments nationwide will also use the study. CPD is one of about 100 agencies taking part in the program.
“The information gathered will assist the department with further improving service delivery to our community,” Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell said in a release. “No one asked to participate in the survey should be concerned that the information could be used in other ways.”
Officials said participating in the survey is simple. After police reports are filed, a blue postcard will be sent to community members asking them to take part in the survey.
The survey is available in Spanish and English and can be taken online or by telephone.
The online survey is available through a computer or by scanning a QR code with a smart phone or tablet device. The postcards will include a special code needed to participate in the survey.
None of the responses will be collected by CPD and UIC researchers will manage all the responses.
The data given to CPD will not including any identifying information.