Tuesday, August 21, 2012

KCKFD, KCKPD receive highest support in citizens survey

By NICK SLOAN, NJSloan212@gmail.com

During the 2012 budget season, the Unified Government sought the opinions from residents in Wyandotte County.

In one of those questions, residents were able to review the performance of the various departments inside Wyandotte County's Unified Government.

The results: The Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department and Kansas City, Kan., Police Department received the most positive reviews.

And easily.

According to the results, over 87 percent of residents surveyed said the KCK Fire Department either does a "good" or "excellent" job. This is up slightly from the 85.5 approval rating the department received in 2008, the last time a budget survey was done.

The fire department received the highest positive marks from the community. 

While the KCK Police Department's 2012 rating is slightly lower at 79.5 percent, the department received the largest increase of support from the community.

After just 64.7 percent of the community rated the department "good" or "excellent" in 2008, the number increased by nearly 15 percent in this year's survey.

Last week, the department reported a significant decrease in the number of homicides and violent crime in Wyandotte County.

Other survey notes:
  • Just 20 percent of residents believe Wyandotte County does an adequate job in bus services, though the number is still a six percent increase from the 2008 survey.
  • In the area of code enforcement, 35 percent of surveyed residents indicated they felt the county does a good or excellent job. This is an increase of nearly 10 percent in the right direction since 2008.
  • The Parks and Recreation Department also saw an increase of positive reviews from the community, increasing from 44.2 percent in 2008 to 45.7 percent this year.