September 12, 2013 19:32
On September 10, 2013, the Portland Police began participating in a long-term study asking community members who have had a recent encounter with a Portland Police Officer to complete a short survey.
The survey, which is managed by the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), involves sending letters to people who may have reported a crime, or been involved in a traffic stop or traffic collision. The letters will ask people to participate in a survey either by phone or online.
"This is a unique opportunity to receive feedback from those who have direct encounters with police officers," said Chief Michael Reese. "Past surveys have talked to people who may or may not have had firsthand experience with an officer. This survey will be valuable in describing our customer service and how people feel about their experience with a Portland Police Officer."
"This sort of survey can be invaluable and we encourage people to participate," Mayor Charlie Hales said. "Anything that helps us better identify the relationships between the community and our Police Bureau is helpful."
The survey will be administered by the University of Illinois at Chicago's Center for Research in Law and Justice; all answers are confidential. This study is part of a long-term effort known as the National Police Research Platform. A major goal is to provide timely feedback regarding police performance to participating law enforcement agencies.
A copy of the letter is attached.
Sgt. Pete Simpson
Portland Police Bureau
1111 SW 2nd Ave, Suite 1526
Portland, Oregon 97204