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March 26, 2013
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Citizens' police survey on Grass Valley council agenda

Members of Grass Valley’s city council will review a plan to emphasize locally and regionally grown foods in stores, citizens’ attitudes toward police and Dorsey Interchange at their meeting today.

More Grass Valley residents expressed a favorable appraisal of their police force this year than last, according to the department’s 15th annual survey of the community, with drug abuse remaining the community’s top concern.

The survey of gives 600 residents a chance to indicate which services the police should emphasize in the future and rate the effectiveness of current services using guidelines outlined by the U.S. Census Bureau, said Police Chief John Foster in a report to be reviewed by the Grass Valley City Council at its meeting tonight.

This valuable information is an important aid to our department in determining how best to prioritize programs and services, while utilizing available resources to strengthen our community policing partnerships with the citizens of Grass Valley.

More than 89 percent expressed an “excellent or “good” rating of Grass Valley Police Department — a 2.3 percent increase over the previous year. Part of that approval involved a 9.2 percent increase in level of satisfaction of the department’s crime prevention tactics, putting that approval at more than 43 percent.

Surveyors outlined drug abuse, burglary and alcohol abuse as the top three community problems in that order — with more than 62 percent of those questioned choosing the first of the three options.

The survey re-enforces the community’s need for drug enforcement and greater emphasis on police patrols and crime prevention, Foster said in his report to the council. The desire for more criminal investigation and traffic enforcement remains a priority, he noted.

Burglary and vandalism both jumped up as a concern over last year with nearly 24 percent and 4 percent of responders citing the two issues, respectively.

In addition to reviewing the survey, the Grass Valley City Council will also review the status of the planned addition of a Highway 49 interchange at Dorsey Drive at the meeting.

The council is asked to approve one of three ground breaking timelines, all taking place in late April or early May. Council is also tasked with a $4.6 million project budget adjustment to match the Nevada County Transportation Commission’s authorized funds.

The council will also consider an ordinance that would require all stores that advertise produce and “locally or regionally products” to provide a notice to contact a store employee as to where the produce was grown.

Council will review these topics, and others when its members meet at 7 p.m. today at Grass Valley City Hall, located at 125 E. Main St.

To contact Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker, email or call (530) 477-4236.

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