Both fear of crime and police misconduct have a corrosive effect on individuals and entire communities. This issue is of great concern to the Swatara Township Police Department. Not only do we want you to be safe from crime, we also want you to feel safe. Community policing, which brings officers and residents together in building a friendly relationship, has proven to be one of the most effective tools for reducing the fear of crime. Research done on behalf of the Office of Community-Oriented Policing Services, Department of Justice, has identified that fear reduction should be one of the priorities within the overall police mission.
By taking part in this survey you will be providing us with valuable information about how safe or unsafe you feel in your community, your interaction with our officers, and other aspects of quality of life. Armed with this information, our Police Department can factor survey data into our overall community-oriented policing strategy. The overriding purpose for obtaining this information is to reduce your fear of crime, improve the quality of life for all residents, and enhance public safety. Additionally, the survey information you provide will be incorporated into a larger research project being conducted by the School of Public Affairs at Pennsylvania State University.
As you may or may not recall we sent a similar survey out last year in Paxtang Borough and the previous year in Swatara Township. These new results will be compared with prior survey results and used to help assess the impact of our current Community Policing initiatives have on your fear of crime, and our efforts in building your confidence in the police.
The survey should only take 5-10 minutes of your time. You have the option of completing the survey by hand and returning it in the envelope provided or going by click the link the following link: https://pennstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9An355OcVIfxFxH
Jason D. Umberger
Chief of Police