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LHU criminal justice interns to conduct survey of local police services

PHOTO PROVIDED Shown are Olivia Barr and Travis Suydam, LHU Criminal Justice student interns from the Lock Haven Police Department. The students plan to conduct a survey of police services in the City of Lock Haven this fall.

LOCK HAVEN — The Criminal Justice Department at Lock Haven University and the Lock Haven Police Department plan to conduct a survey of police services in the City of Lock Haven this fall.

Criminal Justice students, Olivia Barr and Travis Suydam were selected as interns for the fall 2021 semester with the Lock Haven Police Department to help conduct a survey of citizen attitudes toward police services. The research is a joint project between the Lock Haven University Criminal Justice Department and the Lock Haven Police Department.

Faculty researchers, Drs. Ed Bowman and Katie Ely, are helping to coordinate the research, which is planned to begin at the end of September. According to Bowman, student researchers will be conducting a door-to-door survey of randomly selected residents in the City of Lock Haven asking them questions about police services. The survey should be finalized before Thanksgiving.

“One of the major factors effecting quality of life is citizen satisfaction with police services,” Bowman said. “The citizen satisfaction survey will help the police identify both strengths and areas of need in police services.”

The joint research will offer an opportunity for LHU criminal justice students to work with faculty and local criminal justice agencies to study police services in rural communities. The local community can also benefit from the information obtained in the survey, which can be used to enhance police services.

For more information about the Criminal Justice Department at LHU, visit www.lockhaven.edu/criminaljusticedep.

For more information about Lock Haven University, visit www.lockhaven.edu, email admissions@lockhaven.edu, or call 570-484-2011.

Lock Haven University (LHU) is a small, public university located on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River in the scenic mountains of Pennsylvania. LHU’s experience-based approach to learning prepares students for a lifetime of success. The university features outstanding academic programs taught by experienced faculty. Since 1870, The Haven has provided an unbeatable combination of quality, affordability and value to the region, the Commonwealth and beyond.

LHU is a member of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth.

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