CONYERS – In the upcoming weeks, residents who have encountered the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office will be asked to rate the interaction.
After a police report has been filed, a letter will be sent to the community members asking them to participate in the Police Community Interaction Survey.
The survey is phase two of the National Police Research Platform’s three-year study. In July, RCSO was chosen as one of 100 agencies from a pool of nearly 18,000 law enforcement agencies to participate in this study.
Designed to collect information that could improve police procedures and approaches, the survey will be administered through the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Center of Research in Law and Justice.
Traffic accidents and stops and most non-violent crimes will be part of the survey. Encounters that result from domestic violence, sexual assault or involve juveniles will not be surveyed.
“This survey is critical to understanding the perceptions of law enforcement interaction with our citizens and in how we protect the county on a daily basis,” Rockdale County Sheriff Eric Levett said. “I want to use this study to improve our service delivery, professionalism, and enhance our efforts to fight crime. We were extremely fortunate to have been selected to participate in this study, and it is my intent to utilize the results to continue to improve the operations, equipment, and service delivery of the Sheriff’s Office.”
Each letter sent contains a special code needed to participate in the survey and ensures that only one survey is completed for each encounter.
Investigator Michael Camp said the survey will have about 25 questions. It will be available in Spanish and English and can be taken online or by telephone.
All survey information will be collected by UIC researchers. The results provided to the RCSO will not identify the persons participating in the survey or the deputy involved.
Camp said since it is part of a nationwide study, the results will be made available collectively about six months after the surveys close for all agencies.
The survey’s data will help agencies nationwide monitor officers’ performance and improve training programs.
Anyone with questions regarding the survey can contact the National Police Research Platform staff at 312-996-0764 or firstname.lastname@example.org.