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Bradford West Gwillimbury/Innisfil Police Services Board
(South Simcoe, ON), The Bradford West Gwillimbury/Innisfil Police Services Board conducted a community survey from December 19th, 2014 until January 23rd, 2015 to assist in the preparation of their 3 year Business Plan. The survey was available through the South Simcoe Police website. The Board is responsible under the Police Services Act to consult with a broad range of stakeholders when developing the Business Plan.
The survey was expressly designed to "solicit focused comments and feedback from our communities to help us improve on the quality service we already provide" says Board Chair, Sharon Villani. "It was an opportunity to measure the thoughts of our residents and give them a chance to voice their opinions on public safety issues in our municipalities"
170 results were received during the survey period. 64% of the respondents were from the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury, 31% from the Town of Innisfil and 5% indicating they were non-residents. The average age of respondents was between 36 and 50 years old.
Of the respondents, 74% indicated they had an interaction with South Simcoe Police or the Police Services Board within the last three years. Of those, 33% reported an incident to police.
79% of the respondents reported their contact with South Simcoe Police was either "Very Favourable" or "Favourable"; 15% as "Satisfactory" and 6% indicating their contact was "Not Favourable".
When asked about their overall impression of South Simcoe Police, 76% of respondents indicated it was "Very Favourable" or "Favourable"; 20% indicated it was "Satisfactory"; 3% indicated it was "Reasonably Favourable", and; 1% indicated it was "Not Favourable".
Road safety was the predominant concern of the majority of respondents in both communities. When asked about current South Simcoe Police programs, R.I.D.E. received the most response, followed by working with youth and teens in the schools and communities. Respondents indicated that more resources should be committed to these programs.
The Police Services Board would like to thank everyone who took the time to complete the survey. Your comments are valuable and all of your suggestions will be considered by the Board in finalizing the Business Plan.