Survey Responses Help Calcasieu Parish Police Jurors Establish Strategic Planning Priority Areas
At the July 5 Calcasieu Parish Police Jury Regular Meeting, Parish Administrator Bryan Beam presented the results of a recent citizen survey that is part of the Police Jury’s Strategic Planning initiative. Beam also summarized a list of six priority areas that police jurors will be focusing on as a result of the survey and other input gathered from the public. The survey included questions about existing Calcasieu Parish Police Jury services and future Police Jury priorities.
Survey results showed that citizens are most concerned with these key themes: infrastructure needs (includes drainage, roads/traffic, sewer and water), more equitable focus across all areas of the parish (urban, rural and suburban), an easier way to determine what government entity is responsible for which services (parish, cities, etc.), better coordination and communication among government agencies, and greater action and responsiveness to citizens’ concerns.
“Feedback from the citizen survey helped the Police Jury tremendously,” Beam said. “It’s clear that our people want us to focus on infrastructure issues, especially drainage. Traffic congestion also ranked high as a concern in the responses.”
Based on the citizens’ input, Police Jurors have developed a priority list of six key areas of focus for the next 3-5 years:
- Create greater efficiencies in resources between the Police Jury and other public entities (including special service districts) to increase responsiveness and reduce duplication of services
- Focus on long-term infrastructure needs and the implementation of solutions to these needs, including public-private partnerships
- Build upon recent and ongoing efforts related to parishwide drainage improvements at a watershed level
- Facilitate development through standards and zoning requirements that take into account all areas of the parish
- Create, facilitate, and support strong quality-of-life measures that make Calcasieu Parish a place that people want to call home for years to come
- Create a more environmentally friendly community by reducing litter and pollution, and by improving water quality across the parish.
With these priority areas now defined, police jury departments will begin developing more detailed future goals and objectives over the next ninety days that align with these priority areas. A draft of the strategic plan document is due in October, with final approval expected by the Police Jury toward the end of this year.
To see more about the strategic planning survey results, click HERE.
View the July 5 Regular Meeting below: