Police commission survey yields positive results

Lisa Goudy
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Moose Jaw Police Service police chief Dale Larsen speaks about the results of a recent survey on Thursday.

A recent survey revealed citizens of Moose Jaw almost gave the police service an A grade.

The Moose Jaw board of police commissioners released results from the 2012 Policing and Community Safety survey on Thursday. The general satisfaction results from the survey had a score of 79 per cent. Moose Jaw Police Service police chief Dale Larsen described the percentage as a “really, really strong number.”

“The score percentage is basically, for a quick analogy, the equivalent of a batting average in a percentage term. What that means is it takes into account all of the respondents’ thoughts for that particular question and puts them into a percentage,” said Larsen. “(Surveys) should be done periodically to get that understanding from our community, their feedback in relation to how we’re doing as a police service and what they identify as community safety concerns.”

The top areas of concern in the survey were impaired driving, playground and school zone safety, distracted drivers, drug trafficking and speeding on the Trans-Canada Highway. Respondents indicated photo radar on the highway would reduce the number of accidents. Another common concern was vandalism.

Mayor Glenn Hagel, the chairman of the board of police commissioners, said the survey shows that people are generally satisfied with the work of the police service.

For more information, see an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.

Organizations: Moose Jaw board, Moose Jaw Police Service, Trans-Canada Highway Times-Herald

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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