OPP to conduct survey

The Fort Frances OPP detachment wants to know what local residents think of the job officers are doing through its upcoming “Policing for Results” phone survey.
“This survey is critical to the way we provide service to Fort Frances and the district,” S/Sgt. Hugh Dennis said yesterday. “It’s our report card.
“I encourage anyone called to participate,” he added, noting organizers are making efforts to ensure residents are called at appropriate times and not, for instance, at dinner time, when people are less likely to answer the phone.
The survey, which takes between 10-15 minutes to complete, is anonymous, and the phone numbers called are randomly assigned by a computer.
The local OPP detachment also isn’t privy to any of the results as they are being fed directly into a computer linked to OPP headquarters in Orillia.
S/Sgt. Dennis noted questions vary from “Do you personally know an OPP officer in your community?” to “Do you feel that the Drug Abuse Resistance Education [D.A.R.E.] program is fulfilling its objective by having officers in the schools?”
The survey will start sometime next month, and be conducted for about three-four weeks.
Since the survey is being conducted by volunteers, who must undergo a short training period, S/Sgt. Dennis said more helping hands are needed to help out and the police need to hear from you as soon as possible.
Anyone interested should call the OPP at 274-3322.