This survey will allow the community to share their ideas and priorities for changing the Buffalo Police Department.
The purpose of this survey is to get clarity and build transparency for the coalition to figure out what reform/reconstruction in Buffalo policing will look like for the safety of our communities.
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First & Last Name:
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What zip code do you reside in?
How often do you see police patrolling your neighborhood?
Frequently (three or more times a day)
Somewhat frequently (three times a week at most)
I haven't really noticed
Infrequently ( less than 4 times a month)
Never (twice a month at most)
Do you at all feel threatened when police are patrolling your community/neighborhood?
Neutral neither threatened or safe
How many times have you encountered the police in the last 5 years? And have those encounters with police been positive or negative? Please explain.
When being stopped for a traffic violation or patrol road block, do you fear for your life?
What comes to mind when you hear "Defund the police" ?
In your opinion, what is the best way to keep your community safe? Who would be involved?
If money is to be reallocated from the Buffalo's police budget what should those funds be spent on?
Youth Services (after school programs, youth employment, etc.)
Mental Health Services ( community counselors, mobile crisis, etc.)
Improved Physical Environment (clean parks, bike lanes, traffic-calming infrastructure, etc.)
Community Services (language education, senior services, homeless outreach, etc.)
If you or someone you know is having a mental health crisis, who would you like to show up?
Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT)
How comfortable would you be with social workers helping police officers on mental health crisis calls?
Do you think cops should handle wellness checks? Explain why (A wellness check is when police officers check in on someone whose mental health or well-being are of concern. The officers will assess the person's mental health, hygiene, ask about their day, and take a peek inside the house)
Which of the following policies do you support?
Defunding/reallocating police budget
Independent civilian oversight board with subpoena power
More community control over police union contract
Removing police from schools
Duty for police officers to intervene (Cariol's Law)
Removing police from responding to mental health calls ("Daniel's Law")
Public release of body camera footage
Public database of traffic stops, arrests and other data
Implementing the LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) program
Decriminalizing possession of small amounts of drugs
What alternative solutions must be implemented to help protect community members from unlawful policing?
What issues in your household or community are in need of assistance that can be solved with the allocation of federal, state, county and local funds?
How do you want to see the mayor held accountable to the recommendations of the police reform committee?
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