Freeport Police Using Surveys To Improve Their Department

By: Brad Broders
By: Brad Broders

Door by door, street by street, Freeport police officers are on the move - and asking questions.

"Is there a place in Freeport where you would not feel safe?" asked Craig Wainman.

Corporal Craig Wainman and 50 other officers will knock on every door in Freeport over the next the next year. It's part of the city's most ambitious police survey. The goal? Find out what's wrong, and prove that police are there to help.

"I'm all for it. They are trying to make sure their presence in the community. I'm all for it," resident Linda Simmons said.

By the time the Freeport police survey is complete, every house will be covered, with a mission: a stronger police department, a safer community.

"I think the benefit will be two-fold. We'll get information from people in regards to what it is, what we might do better, or what we can do to improve our services, and they'll get to know us a little more," Freeport Chief Deputy Bob Smith said.

But some Freeport residents are skeptical. They believe the survey is disguised as an unwanted search.

"I just think it's an invasion of privacy. It's just a way for them to get in people's houses and see what's going on," resident Michael Salvay said.

Freeport police realize not everyone will be thrilled by a police officer at their front door. However, they insist the survey is meant to unite, not divide.

"Certainly by the people we've arrested, or had negative encounters with the police, our reception may be on the negative side, but I hope we can break down those barriers," Deputy Smith said.


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