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SPD Launches New Community Feedback Data Page, Seattle U Begins 7th Annual Public Safety Survey

The Seattle Police Department is working with social scientists to reach, and listen to, a broader range of voices in our community. 

Police have long relied on 9-1-1 calls and reports as a primary means of identifying priorities. But 9-1-1 and police reports don’t always tell the whole story. SPD is partnered with research groups at Seattle University and Zencity to gather expansive community input, and help our department make informed decisions about complex public safety issues.

Resources from Seattle University and Zencity can now be found on our Community Feedback page.

Seattle University has also begun administering its 7th annual citywide Seattle Public Safety Survey, collecting qualitative and quantitative data about perceptions of crime and safety from those who live and work in Seattle. 

The survey is accessible at and is available in Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, English, Korean, Oromo, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrinya and Vietnamese.

A report on the survey results will be provided to the Seattle Police Department to help better understand your neighborhood’s safety and security concerns. More information on the Seattle Public Safety Survey can be found here.

SPD’s work with Seattle University led to the development of our Micro Community Policing Plans, which have guided our precinct-level priorities. 

SPD is also now publishing data gathered by Zencity, showing how the people of Seattle feel about the Seattle Police Department and its services. Zencity will deliver short digital surveys to Seattle residents so they can provide confidential feedback on how safe they feel, how much they trust police, and to identify the main concerns they want the SPD to address. 

The Seattle Police Department understands the importance of community feedback and partnerships. By using better, more representative data from our city’s residents, we’re better equipped to find solutions to the problems that matter most to you and your neighbors.