Grand Rapids slow to report public sentiment data

Grand Rapids, Michigan implemented a survey system 18 months ago to produce monthly data on public trust, perceptions of safety, and other aspects of public opinion. The chief at the time argued that such information was “as valuable as crime rates or any other numbers.” The agency’s new leadership stopped releasing the data, indicating that they find the information useful but “they’re still working with the company to establish a public dashboard feature to share the data with the community,” as reported here. City council members are expressing concern over the expense of the initiative.


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