Cincinnati Police Department Asking Citizens to Rate Interactions

Feb. 21

 Cincinnati Police Department Asking Citizens to Rate Interactions

The Cincinnati Police Department is now seeking public comment from citizens to rate police officers they may have encounters with.  Individuals who have had interactions with CPD officers can now rate those interactions as part of the National Police Research Platform’s Police Community Interaction (PCI) Survey, administered by the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

The Cincinnati Police Department is 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 Cincinnati Police Department but also in the state and nationwide.

The goal of the PCI survey, 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 Cincinnati Police Department is one of approximately 100 agencies to participate 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 is simple.  As police reports are filed, a blue postcard 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 postcards will include a special code needed to participate in the survey to ensure only one survey is completed for each encounter.

“The information gathered will assist the department with further improving service delivery to our community,” commented Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell. “No one asked to participate in the survey should be concerned that the information could be used in other ways.”

None of the information will be collected by the CPD since all survey responses will be managed by the UIC researchers. The results provided to CPD will not include any information identifying the individuals responding to the survey or the officers involved in the contact, as this information is never provided to UIC researchers.

Police encounters that involve traffic accidents and stops, as well as most non-violent crimes, will be part of the survey.  Other encounters resulting from domestic violence, sexual assault or involving juveniles will not be surveyed.  We sincerely hope anyone who has had an interaction with one of our officers and receives the postcard will take the survey and provide us with honest feedback. Only then can we truly understand how our officers are interacting with the community and implement changes where they are needed.

If you have any questions regarding the project, feel free to contact the National Police Research Platform Staff at [312-996-4574] or [gencis2@uic.edu].

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