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Police Jury Announces Launch of Parish-Wide Strategic Planning Effort

Officials encourage public to share input on how the Police Jury and its departments can most effectively plan for the future of Calcasieu Parish

Post Date:05/01/2018

 The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury (CPPJ) has launched a strategic planning effort designed to enhance, build upon, and further inform parish government’s role in supporting parish-wide growth and success in the coming years, CPPJ officials announced Tuesday. The planning effort will include setting and implementing parish-level priorities and multi-year goals focused on citizen service, workforce engagement and supporting a strong quality-of-life for all who live, work and play in Calcasieu Parish.

 As part of this process, officials are asking for input from parish residents and stakeholders to better understand satisfaction with services provided by CPPJ departments, identify areas for improvement and build long-term goals the Police Jury can work toward in the coming years.

 “Over the past several years, our Calcasieu Parish community has come together to address and meet the challenges associated with having one of the most thriving economies in the nation,” said Judd Bares, Police Jury President. “Through this strategic planning process, we will continue to plan for the future by ensuring our parish government – including each of us who have been elected to serve on our Police Jury – is positioned to inform that future with clear priorities, goals and strategies that guide us every step of the way and help make Calcasieu Parish the best place to call home.”

 As an initial way to provide input into this process, officials are asking citizens to complete a brief survey that includes questions about existing CPPJ services and areas the Police Jury should focus on or prioritize to support a strong quality-of-life over the next several years. Survey responses will be accepted until June 1.

 The survey is accessible online at cppj.net/planning and in person at various CPPJ offices, including the Calcasieu Parish Government Building located at 1015 Pithon Street in Lake Charles and all Calcasieu Parish Public Library branches. In addition to completing this survey, citizens are invited to email other feedback or input to the CPPJ strategic planning team at strategicplanning@cppj.net.

 “The most successful organizations constantly look for ways to improve how they serve their customers – and in Calcasieu Parish, our customers are our citizens and businesses, as well as the hundreds of employees who comprise the Calcasieu Parish team,” said Bryan Beam, CPPJ Parish Administrator. “This strategic planning effort will help us continue to improve upon how we serve our various customers and hold ourselves accountable to taxpayers, while building a clear understanding of the priorities that are most important to this community and organizing our internal operations and future goals in support of those priorities.”

 In the coming months, officials will also hold “strategic planning office hours” at various locations in Calcasieu Parish in order to provide citizens with an opportunity to meet one-on-one with members of the CPPJ strategic planning team and share their input or feedback in person. The dates, times and locations for these office hours will be announced in the coming weeks.

 In addition to broad public outreach and citizen engagement, the Police Jury is gathering feedback from CPPJ employees on topics ranging from how to provide more efficient and effective services to helping identify potential issues or opportunities for improvement. The results of this employee feedback, when combined with public input, will serve as the basis for priorities to be adopted by the Police Jury and goals to be established by CPPJ administration and departments in the coming months. This strategic planning process is expected to conclude by the end of 2018 with a clear vision and plan to guide parish government efforts over the next three to five years.

 For more information about this strategic planning process, visit cppj.net/planning or call the Parish Administrator’s office at 337-721-3500.

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