PALMDALE – The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the city of Palmdale will host a town hall meeting this Thursday to reveal the results of a community policing survey that was conducted on Jan. 26.
The meeting will take place at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7, at Yucca Elementary School, located at 38440 2nd Street East in Palmdale.
The meeting is open to all local residents, but it is primarily for those who live in the neighborhoods between Division Street and 6th Street East, from Palmdale Boulevard to Technology Drive.
On Saturday, Jan. 26, more than 150 law enforcement and city of Palmdale personnel went door-to-door in those neighborhoods to conduct community policing surveys.
Officials were able to get nearly 600 residents to complete the five question survey, which was designed to give the department a better idea of primary neighborhood concerns, according to Lt. Larry Gregg, of the Antelope Valley Crime Fighting Initiative (AVCFI).
“As part of the survey we asked people what their nuisances are, what they believe the number one crime problem is, and what we can do to improve on what they’ve told us is the problem in the area,” Gregg said.
“The general sense was that safety was their number one concern, and so now you have to break that down and try and find out why. That’s what we’ll talk about Thursday night,” Gregg continued.
After officials release the results of the community survey, they’ll take questions from residents about what they would like to see occur in their area, Gregg said.
The objective is for authorities to collaborate with Palmdale residents in developing problem solving strategies for neighborhood issues.
“We want to set up a neighborhood watch in the area, get the boy scouts and the girl scouts in there, try and bring in a whole bunch of services to start to build that community,” Gregg added.