The results are in, and the Camillus police department has received high rankings from residents of Camillus.
An independent survey conducted by the Syracuse University Maxwell School of citizenship and Public Affairs was sent to approximately 938 randomly selected residents by mail. 233 of those were returned--which comes out to 23.56 percent.
"We're pleasantly surprised with the results," said Camillus Chief of Police Thomas Winn. "We're very satisfied. These results confirm that the men and women of the police force are good at what they do."
The surveys were mailed out in mid-October. Completed surveys were returned to the police department where they remained unopened until Erika Schuppenhauer, the Maxwell student that compiled the results, collected them.
According to Winn, the only involvement the police department had in the survey was helping Schuppenhauer decide what questions to use.
Winn felt that the most important questions to him involved the professionalism and courtesy of the town's police officers. About eighty-eight percent of those surveyed were satisfied with the professionalism of the police, while eighty-five percent were satisfied with the courtesy.
Participants also had the opportunity to add specific suggestions or comments about the department. Seventy-six of those surveyed did so.
"Most comments were related to traffic--on main roads and in their neighborhoods," Winn said. "Many people want more enforcement of the cell phone law, some even said we should concentrate less on enforcing seatbelt laws and more on cell phones."
According to Winn, the most common response was to increase the staffing of the Camillus police department. Twelve percent of those comments dealt with staffing. Another eight-percent desire increased speed control in the neighborhoods and seven percent wanted increased speed enforcement on West Genesee Street. Other suggestions included more walking patrols and more interaction with children in the community.
Winn said that the department is in the process of examining the suggestions to better the department.