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The project logo Police Chief Recruitment Survey

The project logo Police Chief Recruitment Survey

The City of Virginia Beach is seeking input from the community to assist with the recruitment of the next Chief of Police. Your responses to this survey will help identify key characteristics, skills, traits and issues to consider in the review of applicants. We welcome your responses to the questions. 

This survey will be open for responses through Sunday, June 21, 2020. 

What do you believe are the top five most important leadership qualities the police chief should possess?
Ethical
61%
Integrity
54%
Holds employees accountable
48%
Trustworthy
47%
Invests in staff development and training
40%
Supports implementation of recognized best practices in policing
31%
Transparent
30%
Respects diverse communities
29%
Facilitates open and honest dialogue with all communities
29%
Forward Thinking
26%
Strives to have department reflect the diverse communities they serve
23%
Approachable
22%
Communicative
21%
Employs community policing
13%
Accessible
7%
Other
6%
Closed to responses | 1,475 Responses
What qualifications do you believe are essential for our next police chief? (Please choose up to three).
Crisis management experience
38%
Experience with engaging diverse communities
33%
Experience with policing in a resort city or similar experience (out of town guests, large scale events)
31%
Prior experience leading a police organization
24%
Proven track record of reducing crime
24%
Experience deploying innovative practices and technology
20%
Successful community policing initiatives
20%
Record of community involvement
20%
Experience implementing major changes
16%
Experience working with other law enforcement agencies and jurisdictions
16%
Experience with recruiting and retaining minority officers
13%
Possession of professional credentials (FBI National Academy, Senior Management Institute for Police, etc.)
11%
Strong public speaking skills
7%
Other
6%
Budget management
6%
Managing civic demonstrations
6%
Closed to responses | 1,410 Responses
Please select five attributes you believe the police chief should possess.
Integrity
82%
Accountable
66%
Problem Solver
62%
Professional
59%
Listener
45%
Credible
33%
Civic Focused
32%
Driven
18%
Considerate
18%
Thoughtful
15%
Vigilant
14%
Sense of humor
13%
Creative
11%
Polite
6%
Other
5%
Demanding
5%
Closed to responses | 1,404 Responses
What do you believe to be the top three community issues the new Police Chief will need to address?
Building positive relationships with our diverse communities
53%
Crime prevention and reduction
50%
Strengthening police-community partnerships and collaboration
48%
Police accountability
47%
Gang prevention and intervention
25%
Building positive relationships with young people
24%
Neighborhood-problem solving
17%
Building relationships with other law enforcement agencies
9%
Reducing response times to emergency calls for service
9%
Interfacing with the business community
7%
Other
5%
Increasing traffic enforcement
4%
Closed to responses | 1,392 Responses
What policies and practices do you believe should be the initial focus of the new police chief? (Please choose up to three).
Supporting the officers and other personnel who work for the police department
43%
Holding the police department accountable for actions and outcomes
36%
Establishing a strong leadership/command staff
28%
Seeking solutions to the underlying causes of criminal activities
25%
Implementing training programs to reduce bias
25%
Strengthening partnerships with neighborhood and other local groups
22%
Development of a plan to accelerate the use of body cameras
21%
Updating policies and procedures
19%
Developing appropriate response protocols based on crime trends
19%
Career development of a diverse and inclusive police force
17%
Managing resources during times of fiscal restraint(s)
14%
Recruiting more women and minorities as officers
12%
Increased presence at community events
5%
Enhancing partnerships with other city agencies
4%
Other
3%
Closed to responses | 1,369 Responses
What one piece of advice would you like to give the new police chief?
Closed for Comments

Voluntary Demographic Information 

Your age:
41 - 55
37%
26 - 40
28%
56 - 65
19%
66+
11%
18 - 25
4%
Under 18
0%
Closed to responses | 1,323 Responses
Your race /ethnicity (choose all that apply):
White
74%
African American or Black
15%
Other
8%
Hispanic / Latino / Spanish
5%
Asian
3%
American Indian or Alaska Native
3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
1%
Closed to responses | 1,257 Responses
What was your approximate household income in 2019? (choose one)
More than $100,000
37%
$81,000 - $100,000
18%
$61,000 - $80,000
17%
$41,000 - $60,000
17%
$21,000-$40,000
8%
Less than $20,000
2%
Closed to responses | 1,248 Responses
What is your home zip code?