March 11, 2016

Belleville, Ontario, March 11, 2016 – Loyalist College’s Journalism program and Belleville Police Service administration have collaborated on the development of a Belleville Police Service Community Survey. Designed to ascertain public feedback on the Belleville Police Service’s new community safety plan, the survey includes seven short-answer questions on topics ranging from how Belleville Police can better serve neighbourhoods to what the Service’s number one priority should be.

“This relationship with Belleville Police Service is meaningful for our Journalism – Online, Print and Broadcast program and its students,” said Kathleen Bazkur, Acting Dean, Loyalist College School of Media, Arts + Design. “Our students will begin to establish the context and contacts essential to police beat coverage in our area. We’re very pleased to be a part of this relevant initiative.”

Between Monday, March 14 and Thursday, March 24, first-year Journalism students will call residences to conduct a telephone survey. Police will present the students’ findings to Belleville City Council.

“We’re excited to have this opportunity to introduce first-year Journalism students to issues and attitudes surrounding policing in their community,” said Katherine Sedgwick, Professor and Coordinator, Loyalist College Journalism – Online, Print and Broadcast program. “The police beat is an important area of coverage for news organizations, and this project will give students important insights. It also gives them excellent practice in the critical journalistic skill of conducting interviews.”

Members of the public who wish to participate can email their contact information to


What:                   First-year Loyalist College Journalism students conduct Belleville Police Service Community Survey

When:                  Monday, March 14 – Thursday, March 24 

Where:                 Local residences 

Details:                Students will phone Belleville residences and identify themselves as Loyalist College Journalism students


1.            If you could change one thing in the way the police service is delivered within the city, what would that one
               thing be?


2.            What should be the number one priority of the Belleville Police Service? Be specific.


3.            What can you do as a citizen or as part of a neighbourhood group to help the police keep us safe and secure?


4.            How can the Belleville Police better serve your neighbourhood area of Belleville?
               Please note your specific area of the city.


5.            Do you feel there are adequate services for mentally ill persons or homeless persons in the city of Belleville?


6.            Would you utilize social media to gather information, support police efforts and exchange information with the
               Belleville police, if it was expanded? What social media do you use now?


7.            On a scale of 1 to 5 with one being “poor” and “five” being “excellent”, how would you rate the performance of
               the BPS on the issue that you’ve identified as its most important priority? 

 Media Opportunity:        An interview can be arranged with first-year Journalism students Kayla Haggett and Casey Horn.

Loyalist College Journalism – Online, Print and Broadcast program gives students the opportunity to experience every avenue of the industry and get a well-rounded set of skills in an all-platform newsroom in the College’s Digital Media Centre. Journalism graduates find work as writers, reporters, photographers, editors, freelancers, web content providers, editorial assistants, videographers, program hosts and news anchors.

About Loyalist College

When it comes to grads getting jobs, Loyalist College is the #1 College in Ontario. According to Provincial Key Performance Indicator (KPI) results released April 2015, 89.3 percent of the College’s most recent graduates found employment within six months of graduation compared to the provincial average of 84 percent. Located on more than 200 acres in the beautiful Bay of Quinte region, Loyalist College is a close-knit community where students and their success come first. Loyalist provides personalized attention in small classes, rewarding field placements and superior student services. To prepare students for in-demand careers, Loyalist offers more than 60 full-time programs; apprenticeships; and hundreds of online, distance and in-class courses, as well as opportunities for continuing education through more than 70 university transfer agreements. The College’s wide selection of advanced diplomas, diplomas and certificates aligns with market-driven disciplines including applied sciences, biosciences, building sciences, business and management studies, health sciences, human studies, justice studies, media, arts and design, and skills and technology. In Ontario, the College’s new Digital Media Centre and the LEED® Silver certified Sustainable Skills, Technology and Life Sciences Centre are training centres of choice for students, as well as College business and industry partners. The College is a key driver of the social and economic health and prosperity of the area and contributes 5.4 percent to the Gross Regional Product. This represents an overall effect on the regional economy of $530 million – based on a 2014 Report by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). For more information on the College’s Belleville and Bancroft campuses, visit



Media Contact: Kerry Lorimer, Director of Marketing and Communications,
Loyalist College,, (613) 969-1913, ext. 2536