Seattle University Public Safety Survey

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About the Seattle University partnership

Seattle University is conducting a two-year mixed method process evaluation of the Seattle Police Department’s Micro Community Policing Plans. The evaluation will involve collection of quantitative and qualitative data including the development of the Seattle Public Safety Survey.The Seattle Public Safety Survey was administered for the first time in October-November 2015 and will be readministered in October-November 2016.

The Seattle Public Safety Survey, conducted independently by Seattle University researchers, collects data at the micro-community level about perceptions of crime and public safety, police-community interactions, and knowledge and understanding of the MCPPs. Survey data will be used in conjunction with focus groups and police-community engagement to inform and revise the MCPP priorities and strategies. MCPPs will then be used in conjunction with crime data to direct Seattle police resources and services to target unique needs of Seattle’s micro-communities.

The Seattle Public Safety Survey measures perceptions

The Seattle Public Safety Survey works to collect qualitative and quantitative data that gives insight to perceptions of crime and safety within each micro-community.  The areas measured are perceptions of police legitimacy, informal social control, social cohesion, fear of crime, social disorganization, and positive perceptions and high knowledge of Seattle Police Department's community engagement initiatives. Ideally, a healthy community with positive police-citizen relations will have high police legitimacy, low social disorganization, high informal social control, high social cohesion, low fear of crime, and positive perception and high knowledge of police-community engagement efforts.  

Learn more:
Seattle University Center for the Study of Crime and Justice -  Collaborative Research