Developmental Associates

City of Durham

Resident Feedback for Chief of Police Selection Process

INTRODUCTION - The City of Durham is inviting public comment regarding the hiring of the next Chief of Police. The information requested in this survey will be used to identify qualities needed in the next Chief as well as critical issues facing the City and the Police Department. All responses are anonymous. Results will be summarized by the consulting group Developmental Associates which will be running the search and hiring process for the City.

INSTRUCTIONS - Please respond candidly to the items below. Be sure to hit "submit" when you are finished.

We are requesting demographic information to ensure that responses represent a diversity of community stakeholders

With which racial category do you most identify?Required

With which ethnic category do you most identify?Required

With which gender identity do you most identify?

What is your Zip code?Required

Please answer the following regarding your affiliation to the City of Durham (Please select all that apply)Required
I live in Durham
I work in Durham
I own a business in Durham

1) What do you consider the most important public safety issues in Durham? (You can select up to 3).
Not enough police presence
More personal connections with police officers serving my neighborhood
Improved police response times
Access to crime data
Burglaries/Theft (including Car Break-ins)
Trust/ Engagement with the community
Other (please list in next item)

2) If you selected "other" in the last question, please describe:

3) To what extent are you satisfied with the relationship between the police and the Durham community?
Very Satisfied
Somewhat Satisfied
Somewhat Dissatisfied
Very Dissatisfied

4) What leadership qualities should Durham’s new police chief possess? (You can select up to 3)
Ownership - accepts accountability for the department and its actions
Community Concern - demonstrates a sincere concern for residents, visitors and businesses
Strategic thinker - possesses a clear vision and mission for the department
Communication - uses an open, transparent and straightforward communication style
Listener - effectively listens and is actively seeking to understand diverse perspectives
Integrity - holds self to the highest standard of professionalism and ethics,
Diversity - embraces diversity in the workforce and community
Engagement - is visible and active in the community
Confident - decisions and actions inspire confidence in the community in both routine and emergency situations
Other (please list in next item)

5) If you selected "other" in the last question, please describe:

6) What type of experience should the new police chief have? (You can select up to 3)
Police management (command) experience in a city similar in size to Durham
History of managing and leading a wide range of police services
Experience working effectively with other law enforcement agencies and community partners
Track record of building and maintaining community relationships
Demonstrated ability to develop and implement practical and innovative solution
Other (List below)

7) If you selected "other" in the last question, please describe:

8) What other factors, if any, would you like the City to consider when selecting the new police chief?

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