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ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department officials want to know how they're doing, and citizens will soon have a chance to share their thoughts.

Citizens who have encountered City of St. Louis officers will soon be able to rate how their interactions went as part of the National Police Research Platform's Police Community Interaction Survey. It's being administered by the University of Illinois Chicago.

Quality of treatment, fairness of decision making, responsiveness to victims of crime, and overall perceived competence will be the key focuses of the survey, which aims to help the department create new benchmarks for excellence in policing.

Letters will be mailed to randomly selected citizens who have filed police reports, and they will be asked to participate in the survey, which is available in English and Spanish. It can be taken online or via telephone. The survey will begin this month and last for nine months.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is one of approximately 100 agencies in the nation participating in the program.

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