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Ashland Police Partners with Culture of Peace Commission - 04/09/19

Ashland Police Partners with Culture of Peace Commission

In Conjunction with NYU, Announces New Community Survey Research

Ashland, OR – April 9th, 2019  A new community survey was released today by the Ashland Police Department (APD).  In partnership with the Ashland Culture of Peace Commission and BetaGov, the brief, 10-item survey does not collect identifying information so that responses can be honest and accurate.

Said Chief Tighe O’Meara, “The APD has long recognized that public safety is enhanced through strengthening relationships and engaging all members of the community.  By issuing this survey and collecting the feedback, we can work even more closely with the community to ensure that our community is safe.”

Dr. Maureen Hillhouse, Associate Director of BetaGov, an initiative based at New York University, commented,  “We look forward to conducting this research and surveying perspectives from Ashland community members.”

Added David Wick, Executive Director, Ashland Culture of Peace Commission, “As an evolving City of Peace, this survey can shed helpful light on Chief O’Meara’s focus on improved community relationships. This is an important component of the broader Culture of Peace desired in Ashland.”

 All members of the community are encouraged to participate in this survey, which can be found on the department’s webpage, as well as at the website Hard copies of the survey can also be picked up and turned in at the police department located at 1155 E. Main Street.


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Police Chief Tighe O’Meara

Police Chief Tighe O’Meara grew up in Detroit Michigan where he attended both the Detroit Waldorf School and Detroit Public Schools. Chief O’Meara graduated from Hillsdale College with a BA in Psychology and went on later to obtain a Master’s Degree in Management from Southern Oregon University. Chief O’Meara worked for several smaller agencies in Hillsdale County before returning to Detroit to join the Wayne State University Police Department.  He worked for the WSU Police for 13 years, serving as a field training officer and instructing in several areas of law enforcement. He was promoted to Sergeant, then Lieutenant, before leaving the WSU police department to join the Ashland Police Department in January of 2010.


The Ashland Culture of Peace Commission

The Ashland Culture of Peace Commission is a community-wide movement dedicated to transforming our attitudes, behaviors, and institutions into ones that foster harmonious relationships with each other and the natural world.

About BetaGov

BetaGov's mission is to help policymakers and government agencies identify problems, develop innovative solutions, and test them using rigorous research methods.  In this capacity, BetaGov serves the public sector as an independent external evaluator of outcomes for research.  This is a highly collaborative initiative where they work closely with the heads of law-enforcement agencies to conduct research that conforms to the highest academic standards.

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