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PALMDALE — The Palmdale Sheriff’s Station is looking for community feedback.

As part of the preparation for the Palmdale station’s 2020 strategic plan, Captain Ronald Shaffer wants to increase community collaboration.

Shaffer prepared a strategic plan for this year, and he is in the process of preparing a plan for 2020.

“Communities have to define what public safety is,” Shaffer said when he addressed the Lancaster Criminal Justice Commission at the Nov. 13 meeting.

That can be different things depending on the community. Shaffer wants to find out what it means in Palmdale. What does the public want to see? What can deputies do to make the community safer?

“Do you want proactive policing with traffic stops, a term they call stop and frisk? Do you want no custody, no confinement, no prison? Do you want all crimes to be misdemeanors, or no crime at all?” Shaffer said.

It’s up to the public to decide what that means.

“I’m hoping people can reach out to me by calling me at the station, or sending me an email, and having that dialogue,” Shaffer said, adding he want to “paint a picture of what it means for public safety in the Antelope Valley”

Residents can take a brief survey to share concerns about issues affecting their neighborhood and provide comments on deputies’ performance.

“We take these responses seriously and use them to develop our strategic plan to address public concerns,” a survey notice said.

The survey is open to people who live within the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station’s service boundaries, including Acton, Agua Dulce, Ana Verde, Palmdale, Littlerock, Pearblossom, Llano, and mountain communities such as Juniper Hills, Wrightwood, Leona Valley and Lake Hughes.

Visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PLM_Survey_2020 to take the survey.

jdrake@avpress.com

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