Vinton Police Department releases survey to assess policing efforts

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VINTON (WSLS 10)Vinton Police Department is looking for feedback from the town.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe recently awarded the department the "Policing In the 21st Century," Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG). The grant will be used to promote outreach and education, community engagement and crime prevention, including community policing.

"As the department beings its grant funded community policing initiatives, it is important to establish a baseline of community satisfaction for the services we provide," said Chief Tom Foster.  "Additionally, it is extremely important that we understand what community issues are most important to our citizens and visitors, and not just look at ‘call for service' data when making our assessments."

The survey is designed by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. It looks at the department's level of community involvement, community safety, perception of procedural justice, overall performance and the level of contact and satisfaction.

The survey is available through June 1, 2017 and a second survey to look at summer policing is scheduled for late October 2017.

The survey is anonymous. To access the survey click here.