Weak, but positive, response in NC police survey | TheUnion.com

Weak, but positive, response in NC police survey

Few Nevada City residents wanted to speak out about their police service in a recent survey, but what feedback did come in was positive.

Of the 1,400 surveys Nevada City sent out with January water bills, only 49 – 3.5 percent – came back.

Most people probably did not notice the survey on the backside of a newsletter, Nevada City Police Chief Lou Trovato said.

“Another likely reason is that … police service is not enough of an issue for them to bother to complete the survey,” he said in a letter to the city council.

“This implies tacit approval of the Department’s service and focus,” Trovato added.

Only 19 people rated the quality of overall police services. Of those, 68 percent called the service “excellent,” 16 percent scored it “good” and 16 percent rated it “fair.”

Respondents also rated the severity of different problems in the city. Drug and alcohol abuse ranked as Nevada City’s most serious crime problems, followed by domestic violence.

Drug enforcement topped the list of areas that should receive more emphasis in the future, with almost half of respondents saying it needed more attention.

The survey is on the agenda for the city council meeting, set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 317 Broad St., downtown.

To download the agenda, click the link at left.

For more on developments in the Nevada City Police Department, see Wednesday’s edition of The Union.

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