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Town of Tonawanda

Individuals who encounter town police officers will soon be able to rate those interactions as part of a national survey.

The department is one of about 100 agencies taking part in the National Police Research Platform’s Police Community Interaction Survey, which is administered by the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The goal “is to collect data that will help establish new benchmarks for excellence in policing and thus help to improve the quality of police services delivered to the community,” the department said in a statement.

Citizens who interact with police at traffic stops, motor vehicle accidents or non-violent crimes will receive letters asking them to complete the survey by phone or online.

Survey responses will be managed by researchers – not the department, said Police Chief Anthony J. Palombo. Any results provided to the department will not include identifying information, he added.

Also this week:

• The Town Board meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers in the Municipal Building, 2919 Delaware Ave. A work session begins at 4 in the second-floor conference room.

• The Kenmore Planning Board meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday in room 15 of the municipal building.

• Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw will speak at noon Friday at the Holiday Inn, 1881 Niagara Falls Blvd., as part of the Ken-Ton Chamber of Commerce’s luncheon series. The cost is $20 and attendees must register by calling 874-1202 or visiting The event is sponsored by and 43 North.