Individuals who have encounters with Deputy Sheriffs of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office soon will be able to rate how they felt the interactions went as part of the National Police Research Platform’s Police Community Interaction (PCI) Survey, administered by the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).
Beginning in the Fall of 2013, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office will be offering many of the individuals with whom they come into contact an opportunity to participate in a survey designed to collect information that could help improve police procedures and approaches in not only the St. Mary’s County Sheriff ‘s Office, but also in the state and nationwide.
The goal of the (PCI), administered through UIC’s Center for Research in Law and Justice, is to collect data that will help establish new benchmarks for excellence in policing and thus help to improve the quality of police services delivered to the community. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is one of approximately 100 agencies participating in this innovative national program. Based on a pilot program, that is part of the National Police Research Platform administered by UIC researchers, participating agencies will be able to use the survey data to monitor their performance and improve their training programs.
Participating in the survey will be simple. As police reports are filed, a letter will be sent to community members asking them to take a survey. The survey is available in Spanish and English and can be taken either online, or by telephone. The online survey can be accessed through a computer or by scanning a QR code with a smart phone or tablet device. The letters will include a special code needed to participate in the survey and to ensure only one survey is completed for each encounter.