The Colorado State Patrol and Colorado State University have partnered to create a public-opinion survey, allowing the state’s residents to express their views on law enforcement services provided by the Colorado State Patrol.
Survey participants can answer questions regarding the Patrol’s strategic focus, community outreach and enforcement operations. Participants will remain anonymous, and most can complete the survey in fewer than eight minutes online and twelve minutes by phone. While much of the survey incorporates focused questions and answers, all of the participants will have the opportunity to submit additional comments in an open format.
“This effort allows the Colorado State Patrol to partner with one of the nation’s premier universities to connect with the public and gauge our organization’s value and reputation,” said Colonel James Wolfinbarger, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol. “We feel this feedback loop is critical for government to ensure that it is meeting the needs of the residents and visitors to our state. The Colorado State Patrol is committed to upholding the highest values of Duty, Honor and Respect and will continue to strive to meet the needs and fulfill the expectations of the public we serve while maintaining a safe a secure environment in our state.”
CSU students have been contacting potential participants whose phone numbers have been chosen randomly. Beginning August 20, residents can also choose to complete the survey online at:
“This is a valuable educational experience for our students, and we are very happy to be partnering with the Colorado State Patrol on this project,” said Prabha Unnithan, director of CSU’s Center for the Study of Crime and Justice. “Students get a chance to talk to people from all walks of life while doing these surveys, and they learn to respect all opinions. They not only learn about the principles of survey research but also how to apply them. And we help the Patrol plan for the future. It’s a win-win for both organizations.”
CSU Professors Tara Shelley and Mike Hogan are the other researchers leading this study, the results of which will be available in 2013.