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Metropolitan Police Department's 1999 Resident Survey Underway

Monday, December 20, 1999

As stated in Chief Charles Ramsey’s Policing for Prevention strategy, the mission of the Metropolitan Police Department is to prevent crime and fear of crime, as the police work with others to build safe and healthy neighborhoods throughout the District of Columbia. To support this effort, Macro International, a private, national research firm based in Vermont, will be conducting telephone surveys of District of Columbia residents for the Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPDC’s) 1999 Resident Survey during the months of December 1999 and January 2000. The survey was designed to gauge public satisfaction with police services and to measure residents’ perceptions of neighborhood problems.

To ensure that the sample population sufficiently represents the views of District residents, each resident who is called is randomly selected. All surveys are anonymous and voluntary. The data generated from this year’s survey will be compared to the results of a similar survey conducted in 1998, to determine what progress MPDC has made over the past year in addressing residents’ concerns. Chief Ramsey will use the results of the survey to identify neighborhood and police issues as he continues to make changes in the Police Department.

To guarantee that the views of many members of a household are included in the results, each resident who is called will be asked to specify how many persons 18 years or older live in his or her household, and to name these adults. This will allow the interviewer to randomly pick one adult from each household to survey. If you are chosen, or if the adult chosen is at home, the interviewer will begin the survey. The interview will address such topics as neighborhood safety and satisfaction with the Police Department.

If you have any additional questions and/or concerns about this survey, please do not hesitate to contact Anne C. Grant, Policy Analyst in the Research and Resource Development Unit, at 202-727-0915. Ms. Grant can also be reached via e-mail at [email protected] .

Read a summary of the 1998 Resident Survey results in the Feb. 1999 publication of What's New in the MPDC .