TPD releases early results of Topeka citizen survey

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Topeka Police Department has released the early results of a survey they sent out to Topeka citizens in April.

The majority of the survey results released Thursday were positive, 558 people have taken the survey so far.

Results have been, "Extremely, overwhelmingly positive," according to Topeka Police Lt. Andrew Beightel.

Longtime Topekan Dustin Hamilton thinks surveys like this done by TPD are a great opportunity for improvement.

He said, "This study itself is going to allow, you know, our police department and our officers to connect better with us."

The top three citizen concerns based off the survey were:

1. Homicide
2. Gang Activity
3. Drug Crimes

68% or respondents say they feel safe in their neighborhood.

59% say the agency is respectful to their concerns.

75% think TPD does very well or well regarding race relations, but a quarter of respondents say they are not doing well in that area.

These are early results, you can still take the survey online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/6RLJ9CQ until July 31st.