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Police survey to begin Monday

ALBANY -- Individuals who have encounters with Albany Police can rate how they felt the interactions went as part of the National Police Research Platforms Police Community Interaction (PCI) Survey, administered by the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

Albany police will be offering individuals an opportunity to participate in a survey designed to collect information that could help improve police procedures, approaches, and training programs in not only the Albany police department, but also in the state and nationwide.

The goal of the (PCI), 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 help improve the quality of police services delivered to the community.

The Albany police department is one of about 100 agencies participating in this national program.

Participating in the survey will be simple. As police reports are filed, a letter 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 letters will include a special code  needed to participate in the survey and to ensure only one survey is completed for each encounter.

According to Albany police, no one asked to participate in the survey should be concerned the information could be used in other ways. None of the survey information will be collected by the Albany police department since all survey responses will be managed by the UIC researchers. The results provided to the agency will not include any information identifying the survey participant or the officer involved in the contact.

Police encounters involving traffic accidents and traffic stops, as well as most non-violent crimes, will be part of the survey starting Monday. However, police encounters resulting from domestic violence or sexual assault or involving juveniles will not be surveyed.

If you have any questions regarding the project, feel free to contact the National Police Research Platform Staff at (312) 996-0764 or uicnprp@gmail.com .