The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a survey as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order 203 that requires police departments to have a reform plan by April 1.

The survey was created to identify strengths of the Sheriff’s Office and identify areas where it could improve, said Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty.

The survey asks those who area residents, visitors or employed in Livingston County to “help us identify how our community perceives our efforts,” Dougherty said.

The survey is available at this link, or a hard copy can by picked up in the Sheriff’s Office lobby.

The survey asks participants about when they last interacted with the Sheriff’s Office and what kind of interaction it was, such as a 911 call, community event, traffic stop, or arrest, among several choices. Participants are than asked to rate their experience with that interaction.

Residents are asked to choose the Sheriff’s Office’s five most important services from a lengthy list that includes 911, criminal investigations, STOP DWI, school resource officers, property checks, routine patrols, community policing and fingerprinting and background checks.

Additional questions ask participant’s to rate the department on training, whether it treats people equally, accountability, responsiveness, honesty and trustworthiness, openness and transparency.

“Your responses are completely welcomed and will be used as a guide to help us develop future programs,” says the introduction to the survey.

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