Throughout the month of October, Culpeper residents who receive their utility bills will also receive a 13-question survey, asking them to anonymously rate the police department in in its overall performance, crime reduction efforts, traffic control and enforcement, overall competence and courtesy.
Residents will also be asked how safe they feel in their own neighborhoods, the town's business district and the town's parks.
The survey does ask people to provide their race, sex, and age. However, the police department insists that the survey will not be used to target any particular group of people and that no tracking data will be used to determine who did and didn't fill out the survey.
"We want to know what citizens think," Culpeper Police Captain Eric Settle said in a statement. "If the public doesn't tell us, we don't know." Settle said that the department will tally up the responses and look for trends in them.The results will then be forwarded to the chief of police and the department's supervisors.
Citizens are asked to return the completed surveys by Nov. 15. Surveys can be mailed to the treasurer’s office with utility bill payments, dropped off at the treasurer’s office if paid in person or deposited in the treasurer’s office drop box outside the town hall.