Dr. Sharon Chamard, Justice Center faculty, is providing technical assistance to the Spenard Community Council in the development of a Spenard Community Survey. Data from the survey will be used by the Anchorage Police Department's Community Action Policing (CAP) Team in determining what problems and issues need to be addressed in the area as part of their problem oriented policing efforts.
There are four components to the project. The first is a study of hotels and motels in Spenard; this will be done as a class project in Dr. Chamard’s JUST A490 course, “Business and Crime.” The other three components involve surveying residents, business owners, and employees about fear of crime, areas where they feel unsafe in the neighborhood, what types of crimes and social disorder they find especially troublesome, and the nature and quality of their interactions with employees of the Anchorage Police Department. Three Master's students from the UAA Engineering and Science Management Department will be assisting with data collection and analysis as part of their graduate level course in statistics.