Burlington County Police Experience Survey
NOTE: THIS IS AN ANONYMOUS SURVEY BEING CONDUCTED BY THE SOUTHERN BURLINGTON COUNTY NJ NAACP BRANCH, IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE WILLINGBORO AND VICINITY BRANCH, AND GREATER DELAWARE VALLEY NAACP BRANCH. NO PERSONAL INFORMATION IS BEING COLLECTED. THE RESPONSES WILL BE ANALYZED TO PROVIDE AN OVERVIEW OF OUR COUNTY’S EXPERIENCE WITH ITS POLICE; AND TO INFORM UPCOMING INITIATIVES AIMED AT PROVIDING EQUITY, EQUALITY, AND ACCOUNTABILITY. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR COMPLETING AND SHARING THE SURVEY!
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In what town do you reside (or lived previously for purposes of the survey)? *
Have you, or someone you know personally, ever been harassed, intimidated, followed or stopped unnecessarily by a Burlington County police officer as a pedestrian or while driving? *
(optional) Where did the harassment, intimidation, being followed or stopped unnecessarily by the police as pedestrian or while driving take place? Please share the year and city where it took place, and any additional information about the incident(s) involving yourself or someone you know personally that you'd like to provide.
Would you call the police in Burlington County if a loved one was having a mental health, behavioral health, or substance abuse emergency? *
Would you like to see Burlington County towns have police alternatives such as Crisis Response Programs for mental health, behavioral health, and substance abuse emergencies (mobile crisis teams, EMS-based responses, 911 diversion programs, peer navigator programs)? *
Would you support Burlington County towns investing in Crisis Response Programs with funds divested from the police department budgets? *
Would you say your police department's number of Black and other non-White officers is representative of the town's population? *
(NOTE: The following information is for contextual purposes only). For many, the Thin Blue Line Flag is a symbol of solidarity and a tribute to fallen officers. For many others, the flag is a symbol of division that supports the "us" versus "them" mentality for those in law enforcement. In recent years, the Thin Blue Line flag has flown alongside confederate and swastika flags by neo-Nazis and KKK members at events such as the August 11-12, 2017 "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, VA, and most recently at the January 6, 2021 insurrection by white supremacists at the nation's capitol. It's also often seen at counter-protest rallies across the country in support of the police, when communities protest the murder of numerous unarmed Black persons by law enforcement officers. To numerous members of Black and Brown communities, the Thin Blue Line flag, much like the swastika for the Jewish community, represents violent intolerance.
Do you feel that police officers, or any public servants, should be able to display Thin Blue Line flag imagery while on duty (on masks, on patches, on buttons, painted on police cars, displayed in police departments or other public buildings, etc)? *
(NOTE: The following information is for contextual purposes only). Some feel that police reform is influenced by the political campaign contributions and endorsements made by police unions. "In many cities, including New York, the unions are a political force, their endorsements and campaign donations coveted by both Republicans and Democrats. The legislation they support tends to get passed, their candidates elected. They insist on public displays of respect and may humiliate mayors who displease them. They defy reformers, including police chiefs, who struggle to fire even the worst-performing officers." - William Finnegan "How Police Unions Fight Reform" The New Yorker July 27, 2020
Do you feel that police unions should be able to endorse and donate to the officials tasked with holding police officers accountable? *
Do you feel the elected officials serving Burlington County do enough to hold the police departments accountable? *
Does an elected official's or candidate's record or stance on police reform and accountability influence if you'll vote for them? *
Do you feel the police in Burlington County protect and serve Black and other non-White residents the same as they do White residents? *
Do you consider yourself as anti-police? *
Please feel free to share a negative or positive experience that you, or someone you know personally, has had with a police officer(s) in Burlington County.
Please feel free to respond further to any of the above survey questions, or to provide additional feedback.
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