Milwaukee Common Council released an online survey Wednesday for residents to provide their opinions about public safety in the city.
The survey and a series of public forums this month come in the wake of criticism of a public safety plan proposed by some council members. Many community organizations and residents have offered harsh criticism of the Public Safety Action Plan draft, which called for dramatic increases in law enforcement personnel, more time behind bars for offenders, so-called boot camps for at-risk youths, and improving community and police relations.
The survey includes questions about residents' personal feelings of safety in their neighborhood and their perspective of the Milwaukee Police Department and Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office. It also asks residents to weigh in on the root causes of crime and what should be done to address it with options ranging from more police to gun control and job opportunities.
Residents can take the survey online at milwaukee.gov/publicsafetysurvey. Paper surveys also will be mailed to a random sampling of households, according to a news release.