DOCJT to Launch 2018 Comprehensive Survey
Every three years, the Department of Criminal Justice Training reaches out to law enforcement across the commonwealth for input on a range of topics. This Comprehensive Survey lays a foundation for training in the years to come and supplies statewide context to agencies on everything from salaries to policy.
Kentucky law enforcement inboxes and mailboxes soon will be filled with the 2018 Comprehensive Survey. It is scheduled to be distributed via Survey Monkey in late June. Any law enforcement executive without an email address on file with DOCJT will receive a hard copy in the mail.
“Each year it gets better,” said Rachel Lingenfelter, program coordinator for DOCJT’s Staff Services, Planning and Communication (SSP&C) Section. “We have met with every section in the agency to see what their needs are. These results will assist instructors with course development.”
Additionally, law enforcement executives were contacted for their input in compiling the survey, and that information was incorporated into the final document, said Patrick Miller, DOCJT SSP&C Section supervisor.
“This is a significant, large survey and is highly important in scope,” Miller said.
The deadline for responding to the survey will be in mid-July. Once all responses are compiled, Lingenfelter said the final report will be presented this fall during the Police Executive Command Course as well as the Current Issues for Mid-Level Executives course. The final report also will be available on the DOCJT website upon completion.
“In order to meet the expectations of the survey, the agency head will likely need to gather input from a variety of employees within the organization,” Lingenfelter said.
However, executives will not be able to forward the email for response. It will be the agency head’s responsibility to complete the survey.
“If they have any questions, or would rather have a hard copy, they can contact us and we will send a PDF to be printed,” Lingenfelter said. “Regardless of the size of the department, whether it’s a one-person department or an 1,100-person department, all are encouraged to participate.”
While the survey will help DOCJT respond better to the commonwealth’s current training needs, Miller emphasized that DOCJT’s desire is for law enforcement agencies to be able to utilize the results to help them in the future for their own policies or planning.
“This is the most comprehensive look at Kentucky law enforcement that is produced in the state,” Miller said. “It looks at everything from personnel allocations and equipment to training and much more. It gives us a synopsis of what various types of law enforcement in the state are doing to meet their missions.”