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Police seek input through community survey

The Hastings Police Department is seeking the input of the community about community safety, crime and livability. Those who live, work or visit the city are being asked to provide input through a community

survey available at through Oct. 8.

The survey was developed to assist police personnel and city officials to better understand the perceptions and public safety concerns of community members. The 33-item survey takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete. The survey is completely anonymous and covers a range of questions, including demographic background, crime causation, police presence and patrols, perceptions of safety, and policy priority preference.

After the survey concludes Oct. 8, the department will analyze the data collected and share the results with city officials and the public.

"The key to sound community policing and problem solving is understanding the varied and unique challenges that are of concern to residents and local business owners," said Hastings Police Chief Paul Schnell. "The information obtained through this survey will help us to develop effective policing strategies and enhance responsiveness to the community we serve."

Those who do not have access to the internet can call the Police Department at 651-480-2300 to have a paper survey mailed.