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Confidence in policing increases

16 January 2019

HMICFRS HAVE published the findings from their fourth survey on public views of policing across England and Wales. The study consisted of 17,043 surveys with members of the public, and the majority were conducted via online panels, with a small number conducted-face-to-face.

National Police Chiefs’ Council lead on Local Policing, chief constable Simon Cole said, “Yesterday’s public perceptions of policing statistics for 2018 reflect the hard work of many police officers, staff, special constables and volunteers. Satisfaction for local police services remains consistently high and the proportion of respondents who are satisfied has increased from 2017.

“Confidence in policing has increased, with more people speaking highly of their service than are critical of it. Although respondents acknowledge that crime and anti-social behaviour are increasing, they do feel that their local police are taking appropriate action to combat them.

“It is clear from the survey that police visibility remains very important to the public.  All chief constables are working to ensure the service is as visible and approachable as possible despite reduced funding, and Police and Crime Commissioners are currently consulting on their budget proposals for next year. Community engagement and trust in the police are central to the British policing model.”