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Survey finds widespread support for police

Public confidence in the police service is at its highest for more than a decade, it was revealed yesterday.

A survey showed that overall satisfaction with police performance had jumped from 58 per cent in the first quarter of this year to 75 per cent in the second quarter.

Commissioner of Police Stephen Corbishley said the increase was a “fantastic achievement”.

He added: “An important measure of our position as a police service is how the public perceives us.

“Therefore, we are subject to assessment each quarter in relation to the public's satisfaction to our services and position in the community.

“The reason for this measure's importance is trust and legitimacy.”

Mr Corbishley added: “A community that trusts us is more likely to support our work, whether it be through appeals, information or other forms of engagement.”

Levels of satisfaction across all aspects of police performance increased over April to June.

Prioritisation of emergency calls based on the seriousness of the crimes was the highest area of satisfaction at 63 per cent.

Satisfaction with police investigations into antisocial behaviour was the most improved area, up from 44 per cent in March to 59 per cent in June.

Public approval of investigations into general crime also increased from 47 per cent at the end of March to 56 per cent at the end of June.

The lowest-scored area was police ability to solve crime quickly at 48 per cent, although the figure increased from 38 per cent for the first quarter.

Fewer people asked for a higher level of police visibility in the second quarter of this year than in the first quarter.

But the public said they wanted to see increased community patrols, more community involvement, faster response times, better training for officers and better education of the public.

Mr Corbishley highlighted police efforts over the Covid-19 pandemic and in recent serious crimes as reasons for increased public satisfaction.

Mr Corbishley also listed bids to boost community engagement and police accountability as reasons for the improved public assessment.

Stephen Corbishley, the Commissioner of Police (Photograph supplied)

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Published July 03, 2020 at 1:31 pm (Updated July 03, 2020 at 1:31 pm)

Survey finds widespread support for police

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