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St. Joseph Police Department Seeks Community Input

1,000 households are being asked to complete the survey that will show police how residents think they're doing their jobs.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The St. Joseph Police Department's bi-annual community survey is out and officers want to know what the perception is of crime in the community and how police are responding.

Sometimes talking back to police can be trouble, but in this instance, it's being requested.

Many topics are covered in the survey.

"Are your neighborhoods bad? Why are they bad? What problems do you see or what problems do you want us to address? How are we addressing those concerns?" said Sgt. Greg Gilpin, who is coordinating the survey for the department.

Every two years, a survey is conducted.

"We see what types of crimes people want us to concentrate most of our efforts on," Gilpin said.

Two hundred households from each of the five St. Joseph City Council districts are selected to respond.

"Maybe there's a problem in an area we weren't aware of," Gilpin said. "Maybe there hasn't been a particular crime report, but something just not right with the neighborhood. Maybe it's just the appearance and not any crime."

Police want to hear both the good and the bad about what they do.

KQ2 conducted its own informal survey Monday throughout St. Joseph.

"I feel like they're doing real well," said resident John Hummer. "I feel like they do their jobs and get things done when they need to be done."

"They do pretty good cancelling out all the gang activity," said Chris Kraus of St. Joseph. "I think they take good care of the city and not letting it get overran by the city gangs."

"Recently, my brother's scooter was stolen from my front porch and they were there fairly soon after we called them," said Carol Helean.

A recent public safety sales tax increase will help provide funding for additional police on the streets to address your concerns.

"What we deem as a priority and what they deem is a priority and we work together and combine those two priorities to make the police department more responsive to the community as a whole," said Cmdr. Eric Protzman with the police department.

"We may have a perspective that may be totally out of line with what the community believes our focuses should be," said Protzman.

"If we don't know what's going on out there, we can't address the problem. This is your chance to tell us what's going on in your neighborhoods," said Gilman.

Postcards were sent out last week to the 1,000 households randomly chosen to complete this year's survey.

Results from the survey two years ago showed residents wanted more police visibility in their neighborhoods.
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