The Dalton Police Department's mission is to provide a safe environment with professional, quality police service through positive interaction with the citizens of Dalton. As part of that mission, the department seeks input from the community as we formulate a strategic plan to serve Dalton.
In the coming year, the department will be reviewing and revising a three-year strategic plan for 2010-2012. In November of 2008, the department conducted a random mail survey of 900 Dalton residents. 369 residents, or 41% responded. The purpose of the survey is to gauge current perception of crime and other conditions in Dalton, compare them to the results of a previous survey from 2006, and make sure that the service we are providing is in line with the expectations of citizens, and adjust our strategic plan accordingly.
The survey suggests that there has been a significant improvement in the perception of crime. In addition, the data shows increases in the percentage of respondents who indicate satisfaction with the police department's ability to meet the needs of the community.
This survey is just a small part of the department's effort to increase our personal relationships within the community. The department's proactive efforts and the community's willing participation are much more crucial parts of that effort. However, while it's somewhat crude from a scientific standpoint, the department is using this survey as a barometer of the public's perceptions. We plan to use it to continue to improve our strategic plan and better serve the Dalton community.
To view the results of the 2008 Citizen Survey, click here.
As always, comments from the community are welcome on this forum.