Distracted driving? Property theft? Ridgefield police survey residents on town's biggest problem
Does Ridgefield have too many speeding cars or too much distracted driving? Is underage drinking more serious than graffiti and vandalism?
Ridgefield police want to know what residents think of the town's safety needs, and that's why they've published a 16-question survey asking everything from bike safety to neighborhood crime watch groups.
The survey's fourth questions asks the user to rate five topics in their "in order of seriousness in Ridgefield" — graffiti and vandalism, unlawful drug use, domestic violence, underage drinking, and unnecessary noise.
The fifth question tackles "quality of life issues," ranging from property theft to DUI to speeding cars to identity theft.
From there, the survey pivots to crime prevention.
Does your neighborhood have a crime watch group? Would you join one? questions seven and eight ask the user.
Safety is the main concern in question nine. Do residents feel safe shopping in town? Walking in their neighborhood after dark? Leaving their home to go to work in the morning?
Questions ten and eleven are interested in the department's professionalism and conduct, asking the user if they feel police presence in their neighborhood is appropriate for the need.
Some of the other questions are: Does traffic enforcement in Ridgefield meets the needs of the community? Does the police department provides appropriate community outreach? Do officers perform an appropriate amount of foot patrol in the center of town? And do they treat people fairly and with respect when they do?
The survey also asks residents whether telephone calls to the department are handled professionally and courteously and if Ridgefield officers look professional in appearance.
Ridgefield police also wanted feedback on their programs, and it the department publicizes its services and programs adequately. The survey has users rate the DARE and School Resource Officer programs that Ridgefield students take part in throughout the school year. The study also seeks information on the department's Facebook page and its Citizen Police Academy
Question 13 concerns animal control issues, and the final three questions are opened ended responses.
To take the survey, click here or go to www.surveymonkey.com/r/GWBGWRV.