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News Release

Henderson Police to Participate in Nationwide Policing Study

June 04, 2013



Henderson, Nev. – The Henderson Police Department has been selected as one of 100 police departments nationwide to participate in a Department of Justice’s National institute of Justice funded research project designed ultimately to improve police services to the community.

Beginning later this summer, Citizens who request police services or who have encounters with Henderson Police officers may be asked to rate their interaction with the officers as part of a long-term survey research project known as the National Police Research Platform developed and overseen by the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Center for Research in Law and Justice.

“We are honored to be selected as one of the police departments to participate in the study,” Henderson Police Chief Patrick Moers said. “We continue to strive to become a better police department and this effort will help us have a better understanding of how the public perceives their experience with our officers.”

After a 3-year testing phase, the effort is moving forward with a national sample. Out of 18,000 police agencies in the country, 100 departments were selected to participate. In addition to the citizen surveys, the study will also gather data from police officers and civilian police employees through surveys and agency records. The goal is to collect systematic data about law enforcement agencies to help establish benchmarks for excellence in policing.

Participation in the citizen survey is voluntary. As police reports are filed, a letter will be sent to those who have had a recent police contact asking them to take a survey by telephone or online. The survey information will not be collected by the Henderson Police Department but by the university overseeing the research. No identifiable data will be collected so the identity of individuals will be protected. Henderson Police will not even know what specific encounter with a person resulted in a survey.

Officers and civilian department employees will also be surveyed on a variety of aspects of the organization and their information will also be protected.

The benefit to Henderson Police will be the ability to evaluate the department’s performance and needs beyond the usual crime and staffing statistics.

“I look forward to our department using the data to be able to improve the way we serve our community,” Chief Moers said. “The goal is to gain a better understanding of how we are doing with our encounters with the public and in that way we can enhance the confidence in our department.”

Police encounters from traffic accidents and traffic stops along with non-violent crimes will be part of the survey. Encounters from violent crimes and those involving juveniles will not be surveyed.

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