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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - April 17, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana K No 224 OKOMO Kokomo Ind Sunday April 17 1994 Getting to know you Myles Brand introduces himself Saturday to the leaders of Indiana University Kokomo He visited the group at the Kelley House on the IUK campus Brand 51 was recently named president of Indiana Universitys eightcampus dent IU system His duties begin Aug 1 Tribune photo by Tim Bath Survey looks at local police Citizens respond to quality of service By MIKE FLETCHER Tribune staff writer Do you feel positive about the Kokomo Police Department Do you respect the Kokomo Police Department Do you feel safe in your community These and similar Questions are part of a survey the Kokomo Police Department is conducting to find out what the public thinks the department and the Neighborhood Directing Policing The survey was conducted by a research team from Indiana Uni versity Kokomo Professor Sita C AmbaRao is overseeing the research completed by two stu dents Karen Allmond and Kathy Beck The survey was done as an assignment for a personnel research and measurement course Professor AmbaRao said it usu ally takes about three weeks to get the surveys back and about two months to compile the results and recommendations The survey was sent to Kokomo citizens who were ran domly selected by a computer using the city directory More than 400 surveys have been returned so far and the results and recommendations should be ready by next month the IUK pro fessor said The survey is designed to study aspects of community relations pertaining to the police depart ment and to maintain and improve the quality of service to the community by hearing the views and concerns of the citizens Kokomo Police Chief Lynn Rudolph said This is an additional tool for us to develop a feel of how the com munity sees us and make adjust ment in our methods if we feel it is he said The last of such surveys in May 1992 was very positive for the department Rudolph said But it was only a representation of the How do you feel SAl A about J your police so A1992 survey of public attitudes toward the Kokomo Police Department conducted by Z444 Personnel Research and Measurement shows citizens are generally satisfied with the level of police protection they receive These two graphs are part of the larger survey Positive attitude about the police SOURCE KPD citys opinion The survey was aimed at a spe cific area of the community which was the area north of Sycamore Street to North Street and Apper son Way east to 31 Only 20 percent of the 400 sur veys sent out were returned which was statistically sound compared to the nationwide sur veys Thirty of the surveys were returned because of vacant addresses According to the Rudolph percent of the surveys were done by 36yearolds and older I dont like the fact that the responses were from mainly older he said I dont know what conclusion to make for that The people who did return the survey felt very positive of the department and their Sixtysix percent of people sur veyed agreed or strongly agreed Security in neighborhood community that they felt positive about the department Only dis agreed Nearly 30 percent were neutral on that question More than 89 percent agreed or strongly agreed that they respect the police but only percent of the people surveyed said that they feel safe in the community according to the survey results Recommendations and conclu sions from the results were posi tive also Rudolph said Recommendations included continuing to improve police department communication with the public continuing training of commu nication skills involving the community with problem identification and prob lem solving emphasizing officer evaluation of problemsolving skills and quality of work Foundation celebrates today By LISA FIPPS Tribune Tipton Bureau TIPTON Ind The Tipton County Foundation has one mil lion things to celebrate The foundation this year obtained million in assets So today during an open house from to the community is invited to stop by and help the foundation celebrate in its office at 221 N Main St According to Nancy Ashley executive secretary of the Tipton County Foundation million is the most ever raised by the orga nization And she said everyone is thrilled Especially she said when you consider that Tipton County is a relatively small community pop ulation One reason the Tipton County Foundation was able to raise million is because the Indianapo lisbased Lilly Foundation match es donations Ashley said She said for every given to the Tip ton County Foundation Lilly gives The money funds a variety of community services scholarships and grants Basically money given to the Tipton County Foundation is dis persed two ways If someone bequeaths for example to the foundation in order to establish a scholarship for those studying to be doctors the foundation carries out the request The foundation is a vehicle for the needs of people We do what they want done said John Walk er foundation president The would be invested Interest from the investment funds the scholarships given to the students Were endowing the principal so the interest lasts forever The balance is never spent only the Walker explained Money is also dispersed through Foundation grants If a donor does not designate what fund the donation should be added to it usually goes to the general fund Periodically the foundation uses the money in response to requests from focal worthwhile programs The foundation has given grants to teachers in recognition of their service the Drug Abuse Resis tance Education program Boys Girls CLub Reading is Funda mental Tipton County Sesquicen tennial Inc and the Buttonwood project at the Tipton County Pub lic Library The Tipton County Foundation was established in 1986 The mis sion of the foundation is to identi Warplane shot down Muslim town may fall to Serbs SARAJEVO BosniaHerzegov ina AP A British warplane was shot down Saturday on a NATO mission over the Muslim town of Gorazde The declared safe area appeared on the verge of falling to Bosnia Serb forces that were reported to have closed within onethird of a mile of the town center The pilot who was trying to identify Serb tanks shelling Gorazde ejected after the plane was struck by a surfacetoair mis sile spokesman Maj Rob Annink said The pilot who land ed in Muslimheld area just out side Gorazde suffered minor injuries and was rescued an hour later by government forces The loss of the British jet and the towns desperate plight highlight ed the world communitys seem ing inability to stop the Serbs The United Nations declared Gorazde a safe area for Mus lims last year but the Serbs have continued their siege with little retaliation from the NATO forces that were supposed to ensure pro tection As Serb tanks were reported 1 3 4 miles from the town center and advancing Saturday the Bosnian Serb commander Gen Ratko Mladic predicted Gorazde would be captured Late Saturday Sarajevo radio reported Serb forces to the south were within a third of a mile of downtown and 1 14 miles on the eastern and northern front However the chairman of the Bosnian Serb selfappointed KT graphic by J David McChesney The police department in efforts to strengthen its resolve in direct ing policing are working on two training programs this year The United Way of Howard County and the police department have been joining efforts in creat ing the Community Resource Awareness Training program which currently involves 58 per cent of the officers The training is designed to prepare officers for problem solving in their neighbor hoods as part of the Neighbor hood Directed Policing Rudolph said Were looking for a better qual ity of Also the 35 officers and their supervisors who are involved in the directed policing will be the first officers to begin a Communi cation Skills for Community Ser vice training program in May the police chief said fy civic social educational and recreational needs in Tipton County and then to provide finan cial support through grants to fulfill those needs Several other organizations with offices in the foundations building are having open houses to coincide with the celebration Red Cross Mustard Seed Habitat for Humanity and the Tipton Community Fund During the open houses board members and representatives of the various organizations will talk with area residents to further the communitys understanding of the organizations and provide tours or the offices For more information about the Tipton County Foundation or to establish a scholarship or make a donation call 6758480 assembly in Pale Momcilo Krajis nik told Belgrade radio that no Serbian forces had advanced Sat urday on Gorazde Bosnian Serbs also denied shooting down the plane and Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic denied Serbian forces had entered the town Diplomatic maneuvering inten sified Russian Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev made a hasty trip to Serbled Yugoslavia to talk to Serbian President Slobodan Milo sevic and Russian special envoy Vitaly Churkin met with Krajis nik Russia a Christian Orthodox country is a traditional ally of Ser bia and has been seeking an over all solution to the twoyearlong war Maj Dacre Holloway another spokesman said Churkin the chief for former Yugoslavia Yasushi Akashi and Bosnian Serb representatives would meet this morning in Pale a Serb stronghold just outside Sarajevo It was unclear whether Bosnian government representa tives would also attend Gorazde surrounded almost since the beginning of the war in April 1992 is one of three Muslim enclaves in eastern Bosnia It is the last major target standing in the way of Serb control of the Drina River valley and of Serb links across a swath of territory along the eastern and southern border of Bosnia Inside todays Tribune Business Classified Local News of Quilting quest Volunteer Tisha Miller at the Salvation Army Day Care Cen ter puts together the childrens paper which will be on display at Markland Mall this week For more on activities honoring The Week of the Young Child see Page C1 Tribune photo by Anne Farrar ;