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City, PERF release Police Chief Recruitment Community Engagement Report
SAVANNAH (Oct. 18) – Today, the City of Savannah and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), released the results of the community engagement process for the recruitment of a new police chief.
“The City partnered with PERF to facilitate a hiring process centered on community input at the outset. As a City, we are deeply committed to selecting the type of police chief our community needs,” said City Manager Jay Melder. “I am thankful for those in the community and members of SPD who participated in the public input process. Now, we will use this input to recruit and hire our next chief.”
Two surveys were available from August 10 to September 23 and received 801 responses. The purpose of the surveys was to garner feedback from the community and SPD personnel about what traits, expertise, and experiences matter most for the City’s next police chief.
In addition to surveys, PERF and City staff held meetings with City Council members, police personnel, and five focus groups to gather further insight. The results will also help guide the Savannah Police Department in what areas to focus on moving forward.
To view the report summarizing the surveys’ findings (attached), visit savannahga.gov/CommunityEngagementReport.
View the full community survey results.
View the full internal SPD survey results.