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NCJ Number: 157119 Find in a Library
Title: Contacts Between Police and Public: Findings From the 1992 British Crime Survey
Author(s): W G Skogan
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 101
Sponsoring Agency: Her Majesty's Stationery Office
Norwich, NR3 1GN,
Publication Number: ISBN 0-11-341115-4
Sale Source: Her Majesty's Stationery Office
PO Box 29
Norwich, NR3 1GN,
United Kingdom
Document: PDF
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Findings from the 1992 British Crime Survey (BCS) on public experiences with and attitudes toward the police indicated that the general level of public confidence in the police declined modestly between 1988 and 1992; the overall percentage rating local police as very or fairly good fell from 86 to 81 percent.
Abstract: Although earlier surveys showed a steady decline in the number of people rating police performance as very good, this decline appeared to have steadied between 1988 and 1992. In 1988, 25 percent said the police were very good, while 24 percent gave the police a very good rating in 1992. The 1992 BCS showed that victim satisfaction with case handling rallied somewhat. Citizens thought the police did a particularly good job in dealing with crowds, traffic, and accidents. Police effectiveness in dealing with burglary, white collar crime, and crime victims, however, was seen less favorably, and respondents were also less satisfied with foot patrol. Visible police patrols, personal acquaintance with a police officer, and reliance on the mass media for information about policing were related to higher levels of satisfaction with the police. About 54 percent of those interviewed had some encounter with the police during the previous year. More than 80 percent were satisfied with the speed of police response, and at least 95 percent felt they had been treated fairly politely by the police. Methodological issues associated with crime reporting and public opinion polls are discussed. Detailed survey data are tabulated in appendixes. References, tables, and figures
Main Term(s): Foreign police
Index Term(s): Crime in foreign countries; Crime surveys; Foreign crime statistics; Great Britain/United Kingdom; Police community relations; Police effectiveness; Public Opinion of the Police; Victimization surveys
Note: Home Office Research Study No. 134
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