Madison Police Conducting Community Survey Through Jan. 31

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – When’s the last time your local police department engaged you in a conversation? It’s a pretty unique situation but that’s just what Madison Police are doing with a community survey.

The 30-item questionnaire is actually the third of its kind from Madison Police.

"We engage individuals, organizations, businesses, and it spans all socio-economic strata," explains Captain John Stringer.

He says communicating with the citizens of Madison is important to the police department.

"And that goes beyond us just issuing out information on Nixle or Facebook," Stringer says. "For it to be real communication, people have got to be able to give us information as well."

Police are looking for more than just a tip about a crime or a fugitive at large.

"We want to know what people thinkĀ about the Madison Police Department; the services we are giving and how we're performing - is it to their expectations or do we need to improve?"

Capt. Stringer explains so much about protecting people and improving the quality of life deals with public perception.

"If you perceive that things aren't safe in your neighborhood then they might as well not be safe," said Stringer.

More than 450 Madison residents have already participated in the survey. You have until January 31 to log on and get your voice heard.