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Residents to weigh in Campbell policies

Survey seeks opinions on police department

CAMPBELL — A committee in Campbell is giving residents an opportunity to voice their opinions on police department policy.

Within the next week, residents will receive a letter from the city introducing a survey from CPD and Me. It’s a committee established last summer with Mayor Nick Phillips, police Chief Pat Kelly, clergy and city residents.

The survey will help Phillips and Kelly continue to amend and update policies within the department, Phillips said.

Some changes haven’t been made for years, Phillips said. “It’s time to move forward.”

The survey will not be a tool to clamp down on the police department, Phillips said.

“This isn’t to chastise the department,” Phillips said. “This is a learning tool. This helps us to strengthen our current policies, rules and regulations.”

The objective of the CPD and Me survey is to establish an alliance with the community and police department, ensuring that every citizen will be treated equally by officers, Phillips said.

“We want to continue down this positive road,” he said.

A new camera system recently was installed in six of the department’s vehicles for total disclosure.

Kelly said at a demonstration for the technology that through CPD and Me, people conveyed they would like more transparency.

Continuing to work with the community, the group decided to roll out another way to collect data.

The survey is providing an opportunity to be heard, Kelly said.

“We’re allowing citizens to have a voice,” to be reflected through the department, he said.

Ultimately, decisions regarding policy change will be made by Kelly and Phillips, they both said, but they will use feedback from the survey to help guide decisions.

The survey will be available online through a QR code that will be provided in the letter residents receive, Phillips said.

Residents will have until March 11 to complete the survey that consists of eight questions.

Once the responses are received, Phillips said that each one will be reviewed.

If the committee observes positive feedback, the department will be recognized, Phillips said.

The letters are legitimate, Phillips said, although they are dated Nov. 16, 2020.

As with many other things since March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic slowed the survey process.

Now that various protocols surrounding the virus are in place, the committee felt it is a good time to pick back up and mail the survey instructions.

Ultimately, Phillips wants a line of communication to be established with the police department.

“People should always feel comfortable with their police department,” Phillips said, as well as protected and safe. “We’re here to establish those lines of being trustworthy and being accountable.”

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