Batavia Asks Residents to Complete Police Reform Survey
Written by Dan Fischer on December 2, 2020
The City of Batavia and the Batavia Police Department are asking city residents to participate in an on-line survey the results of which will be used in formulating the department’s response to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order 203 which requires police departments across New York State to submit reform plans to the state by April 1, 2021.
The on-line survey can be accessed at https://s.surveyplanet.com/N50gQHVin. It is anticipated that filling out the survey will take approximately 5 minutes.
The survey is just one component of the various outreach and engagement efforts being conducted by the Batavia Police Advisory Collaboration Stakeholder Group. The Stakeholder Group has met several times with the next meeting scheduled for December 10th at a venue still to be determined because of concerns about the increasing COVID infection rates.
“Community feedback and input is a critical component of our efforts in developing our plan,” said City of Batavia Police Chief Shawn Heubusch. “We realize that not every resident has reliable on-line access so various members of the stakeholder group are going to assist residents to fill out the survey.”
The survey asks residents to answer various questions, including the nature of their last interaction with the police department and how they would rate that experience; a series of questions based on a 1-5 rating as to whether they strongly agree or strongly disagree with various statements about the police department; a list of options as far as what the police department should be prioritizing; whether or not assigning non-law enforcement professionals should respond to certain 911 calls; and, various demographic information among others.
“Public input is crucial to understanding the community’s feelings about our police force. We look forward to utilizing the survey results to further the planning process we have undertaken with the Batavia Police Collaboration Stakeholder Group,” said Rachael Tabelski, Interim City Manager.
The City will be working with strategic partners in the community, including the City of Batavia School District, faith-based organizations, the Batavia Housing Authority, the Batavia Business Improvement District and others to push the survey out.
The survey will be on-line from Wednesday, December 2nd – Wednesday, December 9th. Preliminary results will be shared with the Stakeholder Group at its December 10th meeting and then a final report will be made public after the results have been tabulated.