The Radford City Police Department has launched a community survey seeking opinions about the police department and about crime and safety in Radford neighborhoods.
Participation in the survey by Radford residents is voluntary but is encouraged by the department. According to the PD, the survey should take less than 30 minutes to complete and there are no foreseeable risks or benefits to anyone who completes a survey form.
A department statement released about the survey said, “Understanding community views of the police is important for developing appropriate law enforcement and social service responses to problems in the City of Radford, and for improving police-community relations. All answers are anonymous and no individual responses will be identified in any reports produced from the survey.”
Police Department Chief Jeff Dodson said, “Across the country recently, we have seen many communities suffering from the erosion of trust between the community and their police agencies. Maintaining a high level of trust with our community requires that we listen and then be responsive to their concerns. This community survey allows our agency to better understand those needs and develop appropriate responses in addressing these concerns. Our goal is to ensure that we are delivering the most professional and highest quality of law enforcement service to our community here in Radford.”
Radford City utility customers will receive a letter in their utility bill this month explaining the survey and where it can be found. The survey will be available on the following platforms and locations through May 31, 2021: the Radford City webpage: www.radfordva.gov, the Radford City government Facebook page, and the Radford City Police Department Facebook page.
Paper copies of the survey will be available for pickup at the following locations: the Radford City Police Department, 20 Robertson Street, Radford; and the Radford University Police Department.
For any questions concerning the survey and accessibility, email firstname.lastname@example.org.