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Captain Terry CampbellCapt. Terry Campbell is in charge of Lordstown Village's community police program. Contact him for information relative to this program.

The Lordstown Police Department is in the transition process to a community based philosophy of proactive policing that encourages more citizen participation in crime reduction activities; relies upon greater coordination of services with other government agencies; forms partnerships with neighborhood associations and community groups to address crime-related problems; a strong community commitment by the leadership; and stresses problem-solving when reacting to problems.

Community Policing is not a program, but a philosophy on how police services are delivered. The approach is based on a partnership as police officers constantly rely upon citizen involvement to solve or report crimes. Without this community support, the Police Department becomes a very ineffective organization. To that point, community policing reaffirms it is the people who decide what is important and what goals the Police Department should strive toward. Making this commitment provides the catalyst to support the overall goal of the partnership; to secure a safe environment to live and work for the citizens of Lordstown.

Implementing community policing requires commitment, acceptance of the philosophy and the understanding the police are only one of several public and private agencies responsible for the safety and quality of life within the community. Community policing is a never ending process. It is not a short-term program, but a fundamental change in attitude.

The Lordstown Police Department is committed to the full implementation of the community policing philosophy to instill hope for our future, to unite or community, and to promote pride in both the community and the Police Department.


LORDSTOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT COMMUNITY SURVEY

 

TO: Mayor Hill and Members of Village Council
From: Chief W. A. Catlin
Date: February 12, 1999
RE: Community needs survey

In the past many government agencies felt that they knew what was the desires and wishes of their constituents. As a result government in many instances has failed to address the needs of their communities. Many times they only receive feedback from public interest groups or a small segment of the community. By adopting a community orientated government philosophy, those agencies that have developed this organizational style of government have become more responsive to the needs of the community.

Today the trend in policing as well as in government is to form partnerships with the community, businesses and government. This trend is known as community orientated policing or community orientated government. With the assistance of mayor Hill and members of the Village Council, the police department was able to hire a police officer, under a federal grant, whose primary role would be to help form these partnerships.

Towards the end of 1997 the Lordstown Police Department recognized that as a public service and public safety agency, we should look at and attempt to provide the services that the majority of our citizens want. As a result of this a needs assessment instrument was designed. During the early part of 1998, Mr. Dennis Jones, a resident of the Village and a student at Kent State University, expressed and interest in doing a Criminal Justice Internship with the Lordstown Police Department. It was decided that Mr. Jones would be given the need assessment project since he had the proper background in research and statistics, along with very good analytical skills.

After finalizing the design of the instrument, so that many crime and quality of life dimensions could be measured, 1,212 surveys were delivered to residents of the Village. These surveys were designed so that they were totally anonymous and to eliminate any bias results. The residents were asked to complete the survey and return it to the police department. Out of the 1,212 surveys delivered 545 were returned, for a 45 % return rate. This is a very good sample of the Village residents.

Some of the most notable results of the attached survey showed that the citizen's perception of crime in their neighborhood was that crime had stayed the same or had decreased in their neighborhoods. Unlike some areas in the Mahoning Valley, our residents have not limited their activities due to fear of becoming a victim of crime.

The most pressing crime issue among 70.6% of the respondents was the fear of having their homes broken into.

Residents were also asked a series of questions regarding the quality of life within the Village The results showed that the residents most important concern was with speeding vehicles with 34.1% of the respondents listing vehicles speeding as their number one problem. Citizens were also concerned about unsupervised children with 12.7% of the respondents citing this as a number two problem, within the Village.

After reviewing the data, the Police Department now knows, where to focus their energies, in order to properly serve the residents of Lordstown.

I would like to thank Mr. Dennis Jones for his efforts along with the residents who returned the survey and the members of the Lordstown Police Department for their efforts in helping distribute the surveys.

Attached for your review is a copy of the survey results. In reviewing the results, you will find that many of the perceived problems within the community are not as much a concern to the residents as we perceive.

Respectfully

W. A. Catlin
Chief of Police


Tabulations for the Lordstown Police Department Community Survey

  • Figures for total surveys returned
  • Figures in bold represent highest percentage
  • 1,212 surveys delivered, 545 surveys returned, = 45.0% return rate

 

Question 1. Crime in the neighborhood

View of Crime Number Percentage
Increased 58 10.6%
Decreased 73 13.4%
Stayed about the same 383 65.3%
No response 31 5.7%

 

Question 2. Limiting activities due to fear of crime

Activity Level Number Percentage
Limited very much 31 5.7%
Limited somewhat 143 26.2%
Have not limited 356 65.3%
No response 15 2.8%

 

Question 3. Issues concerning the residents (Can have more than one response on each survey)

Issue Number Percentage
Having home broken into 385 70.6
Strangers loitering 158 29.0%
Children's exposure to drugs 252 46.2%
Children loitering 108 19.8%
No response 40 7.3%

 

Question 4. Perceived problems in the community (Eleven separate questions)

1= No problem
2 = Somewhat a problem
3 = Big problem
4 = no response
1. Cars Speeding 2. Loud Music
1 109 20% 1 392 71.9%
2 252 46.2 2 82 15.0%
3 167 30.6% 3 17 3.1%
4 17 3.1% 4 54 9.9%
3. Traffic Problems 4. Car Horns/ Stereos / Alarms
1 313 57.4% 1 289 53.0%
2 137 25.1% 2 138 25.3%
3 48 8.8% 3 75 13.8%
4 47 8.6% 4 43 7.9%
5. Illegal Dumping / Littering 6. Junk in Neighbors' Yards
1 286 52.5% 1 346 63.5%
2 155 28.4% 2 100 18.3%
3 54 9.9% 3 42 7.7%
4 50 9.2% 4 57 10.5%
7. Neighbors Fighting 8. Poor Street Lighting
1 420 77.1% 1 370 67.9%
2 52 9.5% 2 79 14.5%
3 12 2.2% 3 39 7.2%
4 61 11.2% 4 57 10.5%
9. Strangers Trespassing 10. Unsupervised Children
1 373 68.4% 1 324 59.4%
2 94 17.2% 2 111 20.4%
3 24 4.4% 3 60 11.0%
4 54 9.9% 4 50 9.2%
11. Juvenile Delinquency
1 318 58.3%
2 123 22.6%
3 47 8.6%
4 57 10.5%

 

Question 5. Most important issue in above question

Rank Issue # Respondents Percentage
1 1. Cars Speeding 186 34.1%
2 10. Unsupervised children 69 12.7%
3 3. Traffic problems 44 8.1%
3 11. Juvenile delinquency 44 8.1%
4 4. Car horns / stereos/ alarms 30 5.5%
5 5. Illegal dumping /littering 28 5.1%
6 2. Loud music from homes 25 4.6%
6 6. Junk in neighbors' yards 25 4.6%
6 9. Strangers trespassing 25 4.6%
7 8. Poor street lighting 16 2.9%
8 7. Neighbors fighting 9 1.7%
9 No response 45 8.3%

 

Question 6. Overall performance of the police department

Rank Number Percentage
Excellent 249 45.7%
Good 251 46.1%
Fair 32 5.9%
Poor 5 .8%
Very poor 0 0%
No response 8 1.5%

 

Question 7. Gender

Gender Number Percentage
Male 234 42.2%
Female 314 56.6%
No response 7 1.3%

 

Question 8. Age of respondents

Age Number Percentage
17 or younger 0 0%
18-24 9 1.6%
25-40 112 20.2%
41-55 203 36.6%
56+ 227 40.9%
No response 4 .7%

 

 

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