If you live in Seattle, you have a chance to speak up about actual crime and the perception of crime in your neighborhood. The sixth annual citywide Seattle Public Safety survey is now open.
“That was implemented by former SPD Chief Kathleen O’Toole and her goal was to implement this micro community policing initiative that allows us to collect data in all 58 Seattle neighborhoods based on the idea that Seattle is a city of neighborhoods and no one neighborhood is alike in terms of concerns about crime and public safety,” said Dr. Jacqueline Helfgott, Director of the Crime and Research Center at Seattle University, which puts out the survey.
“It’s based on the idea that police need to respond not just to incidents of crime but also perceptions of crime,” Helfgott explained. “For example, if people are fearful of crime, even if that fear is not directly related to the actual crime, that’s still a concern in terms of people’s quality of life.”
The survey covers a variety of issues, going beyond actual crimes happening in particular neighborhoods.
“We also have sets of questions that measure quality of life dimensions related to public safety,” Helfgott said. “So we have questions that measure police legitimacy and trust in police, fear of crime, people’s perceptions about social disorganization, informal social control, and social cohesion. We also asked questions about how people view Seattle police as compared to police in the United States.”
Helfgott explained that the results are used to direct police resources, from the chief

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