PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Parkersburg's police department is asking for your help once again and all you have to do is tell them what you think.
Parkersburg police are partnering with "Response to Resistance" to gather information from locals on what they believe the appropriate amount of force is.
This approach to hearing from the community helps officers understand the community’s perspective.
All you have to do is fill out a survey, which should only take about 8 minutes.
Then you are helping local police improve relations in the community, which is exactly what Chief Joe Martin hopes to accomplish.
"They don't get to see the levels of force we are able to use. They don't understand or they're not educated in that sense of what we are allowed to do. So this is a good test, or a good measuring stick to see if the public understands what we actually do, or cannot do."
By completing this exercise of including the community in the survey they will be the first “mid-sized” department to complete it in the country.
In June the Parkersburg officers took the survey themselves and plan on making their results public, along with the community’s results, which will all be accessible at a later date.
By entering the agency code “Parkerburg2016”, you can complete the survey, which can be found at our hot button.