The HCSO online citizen’s survey is 20 questions long, and names are kept confidential. (Screenshot: Staff)

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office yesterday released its 2016 online citizen’s survey for local residents to offer feedback.

The survey, which is 20 questions long, and a free response portion is available for personal input, a HCSO news release said. Names are kept confidential.

Sheriff Jim Hammond said this is a good opportunity for people to honestly share their thoughts.

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“This survey is a unique way for us to see how we are doing as a law enforcement agency,” Hammond said. “It gives the citizens of Hamilton County an opportunity to voice their concerns and tell us what we are doing right and what we can do better.”

Click here to go to the survey.

Lt. Doug Wilson of the sheriff’s office accreditation and crime analysis division said this survey is an effective means to get a pulse on how well the HCSO is serving the community.

“It is probably the most cost effective way to get a broad assessment of our strengths and weaknesses, with a proper understanding of these being one of the most important foundations of any organization,” Wilson said. “To get a more accurate picture of our effectiveness, public perception must also be measured along with crime statistics, response times, as well as various other methods needing to be analyzed in the area of law enforcement agency performance.”

He said that information from this survey would soon go into an annual report, which functions as “a sort of state of the department.”

He said the survey would be available year-round.

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