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Albany police dept. take part in survey starting Monday
ALBANY -- Have an encounter with law enforcement? Then the Albany Police Department wants to hear from you. Starting Monday, they will be participating in the National Police Research Platform's Police Community Interaction Survey through the University of Illinois at Chicago
Anyone who has a run in with the police in Albany can then rate how they felt the interactions went. Something residents in the capital city say makes them feel safer.
"Just to know that if something does happen i've got somebody to go to and say this is what i got to say," Albany resident Takeim Bradley tells us.
"I kind of never did like the police department i thought they were a bunch of tough guys but not anymore, i think they care about people," says Dennis Hurley of Albany.
How it works is simple. As police reports are filed, a letter will be sent out asking that person to take a survey. The survey is available in Spanish and English and can be taken either online, or by telephone.
This survey is designed to improve police procedures and approaches, not just in the city of Albany but throughout the nation and the state. However, people we spoke with say they would like to see surveys implemented like this one in other cities around our region.
"Colonie and Troy, that's the only places i've had issues with. if i'm in Colonie or out in Troy. They stereotype if you're driving a nice car. they might decide to follow you, pull you over for no reason at all i've had that happen a few times," says Bradley.
"Schenectady needs a lot more work than that, Schenectady can implement starting all over again, that would be theirs," Hurley adds.
Albany joins 100 other cities around the country in taking part in the surveys. Only police encounters that involve traffic accidents and stops, as well as most non-violent crimes, will be part of the survey. Encounters that result from domestic violence, sexual assault, or juveniles will not.