Survey designed to improve policing

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URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) — Police hope a study will help them build relationships with the community.

Independent investigators are looking into ways of improving community policing. They’re asking 1,500 residents to tell them how they feel as part of an effort to understand interactions between police and those they protect.

The director of the UI Police Training Institute is one of four main investigators working on the study. He says they’ve picked nine areas where there’s a higher level of crime.

In those areas, they’re going to try different policing strategies. They’re doing it for more than a year. He says police will learn the most if residents respond.

They’re really reaching out to encourage those 1,500 people to take the survey. They’re adding a dollar bill with the letter to get people’s attention and make sure they know it’s not a scam.

When someone is finished taking the survey, they’ll get a $10 Walmart gift card.

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