Agree with Bill, however even the police may not be able to give you answers to a general question such ad how safe it is in one area or the another. Remember it is the police responsibility to make sure people rights are not violated in all areas.
I would like to suggest that questions directed to law enforcement be more specific such as asking for public documented information on crime rates, accidents reported....etc. TV channels may be helpful and so are news media. It will need research efforts and if you have children, visiting the county school board information on schools will be very helpful. Also visiting City website to learn about different area demographics I find to be most helpful.
Best of luck