Livable Neighborhoods

Goal 2: Reduce neighborhood disorder by providing services that abate nuisances, solve issues, resolve conflict and support the quality of life
Source: Lincoln Police Department     LN Goal2     3/17/2014
About this measure:
This data is collected from the Lincoln Police Department Quality Service Audit, an outbound telephone survey conducted by police trainees, interns and volunteers since 1993. Over 65,000 completed surveys have been produced. The sampling frame is automatically obtained from the department’s records management database. Surveyors follow an automated script from a computer terminal that collects the responses in the database.
Why this is important:
This indicator measures the sense of safety and security in their own neighborhood expressed by citizens who actually received various types of police services in the recent past.
What is being done:
Police response to non-criminal calls for service; enforcement of public order crimes such as littering, prostitution, drinking in public and others; participation in Problem Resolution Team and its’ strategies; enforcement of parking and abandoned vehicle ordinances; response to disturbances, party complaints and neighborhood disputes; support to neighborhood watch groups and neighborhood organizations; provision of data and information to the public such as landlords and neighborhood advocates; provision of emergency services to the mentally ill and addicted; investigation of missing persons and non-criminal child neglect; design and implementation of problem-oriented policing projects targeting neighborhood issues.



Source: Lincoln Police Department     LN Goal2     3/17/2014
About this measure:
Priority one and two calls are incidents which require an immediate police response by the closest available unit, such as crimes in progress, injury traffic crashes and alarms. Response time is the time from when the officer is dispatched by radio until the time he or she arrives at the location of the incident. This data is collected by the Emergency Communications Center, where incidents are computer time-stamped at several key events.
Why this is important:
This indicator compares response times from year to year. Response times are important because a rapid response enables officers to more effectively deal with a crime in progress or to apprehend a perpetrator. Priority 1 calls are urgent in nature and the speed of action is important to protect personal safety and/or limit loss or damage of property.
What is being done:
The best way to keep response times short, especially for priority one & priority two calls, is to have adequate staffing. Response times may be affected by increase in volume of calls for service or increase in square miles covered. Squads are required to maintain minimum staffing levels to assure an adequate number of officers are available for calls.



Source: Mayors Office     LN Goal2     7/16/2013
About this measure:
This measure indicates the average number of days it takes to clean off or paint over graffiti vandalisms after they are reported
Why this is important:
Graffiti is a public nuisance that constitutes a blight and a risk to the health, safety and general welfare of the residents of Lincoln. Unless it is removed in a timely manner from public and private properties it encourages more graffiti. Other properties then become the target of graffiti vandalism. Unless addressed, entire neighborhoods and the larger community are depreciated in value and made a less desirable place to live.
What is being done:
The Keep Lincoln Lancaster County Beautiful Graffiti Prevention Program was established in June 2009 with funding from the Mayor’s Office. The Graffiti Prevention Program uses educational approaches to remove graffiti and reduce the number of graffiti vandalisms in Lincoln. Strategies include: an easy to use graffiti reporting process for residents and businesses; educating citizens on the negative effects of graffiti and the importance of quick removal; and initiating community volunteer and business owner collaborations to remove and prevent graffiti.