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Public perceptions of policing in England and Wales 2018

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) yesterday published its report ‘Public Perceptions of Policing in England and Wales 2018’ in partnership with BMG Research.

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Public perceptions of policing in England and Wales 2018

HMICFRS commissioned BMG Research to undertake a large-scale survey of the public to better understand its views about:

  • satisfaction with local police force;
  • perception of crime and police handling of crime;
  • confidence in police;
  • police visibility;
  • contact with the police;
  • legitimacy of the police;
  • engagement with the police; and
  • police responsibilities and priorities.

Overall, the report found that satisfaction with local police is relatively high. Over three-fifths of respondents (61%) say that they are satisfied, and only 12% are dissatisfied. Confidence in the police to deal effectively with a range of situations is high, with respondents most confident that police would be effective in dealing with an emergency.

When asked to choose from a list of crimes police should prioritise respondents were most likely to select:

  • dealing with terrorism / extremism (49%);
  • child sexual exploitation / abuse (46%); and
  • and violent crime (41%).

The research also found that:

  • more respondents would speak highly of the police (40%) than would be critical of them (18%);
  • around two-thirds of respondents agree that their local police force would treat them fairly if they needed to contact them; and
  • although the majority of respondents have seen a police officer or PCSO on foot at least once in the past year, a sizeable proportion (36%) have not.

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Public perceptions of policing in England and Wales 2018

 

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Original article link: https://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmicfrs/news/news-feed/public-perceptions-of-policing-in-england-and-wales-2018/

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