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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

COLUMBIA, SC - Interim Columbia Police Chief Ruben Santiago announces that the Columbia Police Department (CPD) has partnered with the University of South Carolina (USC) to implement a data-driven approach to policing.

With the help of a Smart Policing Grant, 4,000 neighborhood surveys have been mailed to various City of Columbia communities. Many of the surveys should be received today.

The survey is designed to gather additional feedback from residents on a variety of topics including: the fear of crime, presence of gangs, drug activity, burglaries, traffic concerns, contact/relationship with CPD and police officers, satisfaction with CPD and police officers, neighborhood cohesion and demographic information.

Chief Santiago says, “The survey is one example of intelligence-led policing. We would like to get a better understanding of how CPD can enhance its services for Columbia citizens. Their opinions matter. CPD is also interested in learning more about residents’ concerns and perceptions about crime.”

The survey’s results would then be used to help direct the department as it strives to provide a responsive, professional and efficient law enforcement service.

While the survey is VOLUNTARY and ANONYMOUS it is vital to have as much citizen participation as possible.

Citizens can also choose to fill out the survey on-line, especially if they have not received one in the mail. They can visit: http://www.columbiapd.net/ and look for the yellow tab at the top of CPD’s main page titled, ‘Take the Columbia Police Department Survey.’

Citizens can return the hard copy survey through the mail with the self-addressed, stamped envelope to USC’s Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice Department for review.

The surveys will not be returned to CPD.

USC anticipates receiving all of the surveys by the end of June.

A follow-up letter will be mailed to the same 4,000 residents on June 14, 2013.

At the end of next month, USC will provide CPD with the survey results for review.

Citizens are encouraged to contact Professor Scott Wolfe, Ph.D. at the University of South Carolina at (803) 777-1238 if they have questions or concerns about the survey.

If you, or someone you know, have any information regarding any crime, you are encouraged to contact Crimestoppers. You could earn a reward up to $1,000.

Anonymous tips can be submitted to Crimestoppers by calling 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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