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NCJ Number: 228005 Find in a Library
Title: Public Perceptions of the Queensland Police Service: Findings From the 2008 Public Attitudes Survey
Author(s): Dr. Melissa Sum; Vivien Chan; Dr. Margot Legosz
Date Published: April 2009
Page Count: 68
Sponsoring Agency: Queensland Crime and Misconduct Cmssn
Brisbane Qld 4001, Australia
Sale Source: Queensland Crime and Misconduct Cmssn
GPO Box 3123
Level 3, Terrica Place
140 Creek Street
Brisbane Qld 4001,
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This report presents the 2008 findings of the Public Attitudes Survey of the Queensland Police Service (QPS) and information on trends over the past 17 years.
Abstract: The survey indicates that even though the majority of respondents believed that Indigenous Australians are treated differently than White Australians, they indicated an overall positive view of the QPS, noting only a few areas where improvement is warranted. These areas include: interaction with Indigenous Queenslanders, as reported both by Indigenous respondents and as a perception of all respondents; and interactions with the public in general, and with young people in particular. Finally, the survey revealed potential misunderstandings of the complaints process, suggesting a need for strategies to increase public awareness about complaint matters. The 2008 Public Attitudes Survey measures public perception of the QPS, as well as public knowledge of and confidence in the complaints processes, conducted on behalf of the Criminal Justice and Crime and Misconduct Commissions (CJC and CMC). The CJC was created in 1989 to investigate allegations of police misconduct, and the annual Public Attitudes Survey is the instrument used to measure the change in public perception of police integrity. Data were collected from a random sample of all Queensland residents over 18 years of age via a Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing method. A total of 1,550 respondents participated. Various statistical techniques were used to analyze the data, which was then compared to previous surveys to assess trends. Tables, figures, and references
Main Term(s): Foreign police; Public Opinion of the Police
Index Term(s): Attitude change; Attitude measurement; Attitudes toward authority; Attitudes toward victims; Foreign criminal justice systems; Minorities; Police-minority relations; Public Opinion of Crime
Note: Public Perceptions Series, April 2009
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