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2019 Community Perception Survey Results Released

Today, Hopkinsville Police Department announced results of its third survey to measure public perception of police performance in providing for the safety of Hopkinsville residents.  Nearly 400 individuals responded to the survey conducted from June 20 through August 18, 2019.  

Police Chief Clayton Sumner credited his staff with earning continued community support of the department’s efforts stating, “In such a challenging climate, it is encouraging to hear so many positive comments and results from members of the public.  This is a true testament to the dedication and professionalism demonstrated by the men and women of the Hopkinsville Police Department.” 

Among central survey responses were:

  • During the day, respondents feel safe – 93% while shopping, 88% at community events, 82% walking in neighborhoods, and 82% in downtown Hopkinsville (up 7.5%, up 3.9%, up 1.9%, and up 1.3% respectively)
  • 77% believe Hopkinsville police are impartial and treat individuals fairly when enforcing the law (up 4.6%)
  • 73% would recommend Hopkinsville as a safe place to live and raise a family
  • 11% reported being victim of property crime in last year (down 7.7%)
  • 2.2% reported being victim of violent crime in last year (down 8.8%) 

Hopkinsville Police Chief Clayton Sumner added, “Despite these promising results, we continue to double down on violent and other crime within our community.  Specifically, we heard in the survey that there remains more work to be done to curb gun crimes, panhandling, traffic issues, and drug and juvenile-related crimes.” 

With that in mind, Hopkinsville Police Department continues to create opportunities to have positive interactions with citizens and improve public safety by:

  • Developing legislation to combat panhandling and vagrancy;
  • Dispatching an additional Public Safety Officer for traffic enforcement;
  • Engaging young people throughout the community at hundreds of community events and activities such as Touch a Truck, Police Children’s Academy, and theCookout with a Cop series;
  • Deploying Community Resource Officers to address quality of life issues like abandoned vehicles, loud music, and other nuisances; and
  • Continuing the work of the recently publicized Gun Crimes Task Force in partnership with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to fight often drug-related violent crime. 

For questions or information on how you can get involved, contact Hopkinsville Police Department Public Information Officer Mike Atkins at (270) 890-1522.