Napa residents have less than a week to complete the city’s neighborhood survey and the Napa Police Department said it wants to hear from them.
The 44-question survey is available online and in print at locations throughout the city in English and Spanish. Residents have until 5 p.m. Friday to submit their responses, which the city and police department will use to identify community needs and concerns that should be given attention in future city budgets and work plans.
As of Tuesday, the response was lower than expected, according to Sgt. Amy Hunter, who is coordinating the survey.
“The online survey is doing well, we’re happy with that,” Hunter said. “I am disappointed as far as the amount of paper copies we’ve received back.”
The city distributed 1,300 copies at 54 locations. Hunter said the department has had to replenish surveys at some locations so she believes residents are picking them up. Despite that, few have returned the surveys.
Hunter said it’s easier for the city to tabulate results provided through the online survey, but encouraged residents to take the time to answer the questions regardless of whether they do so on the computer on paper. She said the city is in particular need of responses from residents under the age of 45, Spanish speakers and those living in an apartment or multi-family dwelling.
Hunter said it does seem that people across the city are taking the survey, so she believes the responses will be representative of the city in terms of geography. She encouraged as many residents as possible to complete the survey so the results are more thorough.
City Spokesman Barry Martin said this survey is more extensive than the community survey typically launched by the city this time of year. The neighborhood survey takes the place of the community climate survey and asks some similar questions, such as those related to road conditions and blight.
“It’s different in that it’s much more detailed and much more focused on neighborhood policing initiatives,” Martin said.”
The police department is hoping to get 2,000 responses to the survey. Hunter said she was not sure how many responses the department has already received.
The department, she said, is working to make its policing more efficient and effective.
“The whole point is to be comprehensive and take a look at the whole health of your community,” Hunter said.