Seattle University Releases 2020 Public Safety Survey

From Seattle University:

The Seattle University Crime & Justice Research Center is pleased to release the results of the 2020 Seattle Public Safety Survey. Now in its sixth year, the Seattle Public Safety Survey collects data that captures concerns among those who live and/or work in Seattle about public safety, police, and quality of life at the citywide, precinct, and micro-community (neighborhood) levels. Survey findings are used to support the Seattle Police Department’s Micro-Community Policing Plans (MCPP).

The MCPP play a critical role in the Department’s community engagement strategy and in directing resources and services at the micro-community level. The SPD MCPP recognizes that no two Seattle neighborhoods are alike and that resident perceptions of crime and public safety at the micro-community level matter.

The 2020 survey was administered online and on paper from October 15, 2020 – November 30, 2020. The survey was offered in 11 languages — Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, English, Korean, Oromo, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrinya, and Vietnamese through multiple channels and we received 11,410 completed surveys from community members who live and/or work in Seattle. The responses are statistically weighted to reflect the City’s demographics. Over half of the community members who responded provided narrative comments. The survey was independently conducted by the Seattle University Department of Criminal Justice faculty and student research analysts.

The Seattle University MCPP Research team will be conducting virtual community-police dialogues via Zoom from mid-May through August, 2021 that will offer the opportunity for community members to discuss the 2020 Seattle Public Safety Survey findings as well as current concerns about public safety and security at the precinct-level. Details on how to participate in these dialogues are forthcoming.

The survey results are available here.