Police Losing Public's Confidence

The public's confidence in NI policing is slowing, according to the latest Independent Omnibus Survey.

Published yesterday, it looked at how the public rate the service delivered by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), the NI Policing Board (the Board) and the District Policing Partnerships (DPPs).

Figures show that the percentage of people who have confidence in the PSNI's ability to provide an ordinary day-to-day policing service for all the people of Northern Ireland has dropped to 80% (87% in April 2009) while 56% of people surveyed think the police are doing a good job in their area (64% in April 2009).

Just 71% of respondents were very/fairly satisfied that the police treat members of the public fairly in Northern Ireland as a whole.

Speaking about the survey, carried out during September 2009, Chairman of the Board, Barry Gilligan, said: "These independent surveys provide an important measure of community perceptions of policing

"This drop in public confidence and performance levels will be of concern to the Board; however the Chief Constable, Matt Baggott, (pictured above) has laid out plans to refocus resources to improve the policing service delivered to the community and deal with community crime concerns.

"All of this work is underpinned by the need to build confidence in policing," he said.
News Image
The Northern Ireland Policing Plan 2009-2012 includes a target to increase the percentage of people who say they feel safe in their local community, which is based on the September 2008 finding of 93%.

This target was not achieved, as the survey found that 88% of respondents felt very/fairly safe in their local community, the same as the April 2009 finding.

In relation to DPPs, 62% of people surveyed had heard of DPPs. Of those who had heard of DPPs, 72% had at least some confidence that they help address local policing problems, and 54% said they were prepared to contact their DPP regarding local policing issues.

Mr Gilligan added: "DPPs are the forum for local people to discuss and shape the delivery of policing in their area. DPPs work across Northern Ireland to help improve policing services to the community and I would encourage the public to get involved and have their say."

Findings in respect of the Policing Board have remained fairly consistent with those in the April 2009 survey and 87% of respondents had heard of the Board.

Whilst 82% of respondents correctly thought that the Board’s primary role is "to oversee policing and hold the Chief Constable and the PSNI publicly to account" only 43% thought it did well/very well in monitoring how the PSNI performs against Annual Policing Plan targets.

Speaking about the Board findings Mr Gilligan said: "Board Members are committed to ensuring that all communities get access to the best possible police service.

"Through its oversight and accountability role, the Board and its Members will continue to work on behalf of the people of Northern Ireland to ensure that the policing service meets community needs."


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

11 February 2019
£2.9m Investment For Belfast Community Projects
Two community projects are set to benefit from a £2.9 million investment courtesy of Belfast City Council. Plans to develop the north Belfast schemes were announced at City Hall today, Monday 11 February, as part of the Belfast Investment Fund (BIF).
30 January 2019
Other News In Brief
Sinn Fein Call For Public Inquiry Into Muckamore Abbey Sinn Fein has demanded the publication of the Serious Adverse Incident (SAI) report from the Muckamore Abbey care facility and called for a public inquiry into the hospital's practices. Pat Sheehan's calls follow reports that a seclusion room at the facility was used over 740 times in 2015.
01 December 2017
Stephen Herron Named New Director Of Public Prosecutions
Mr Stephen Herron has been named the new Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). He is currently the acting Deputy Director and his appointment will come into effect on 02 January, 2018. John Larkin QC made the announcement.
30 November 2017
Member Of Public Restrains Armed Robber In Larne
Police have launched an investigation after a member of the public restrained an armed robber in Larne. The incident happened at a shop in the Upper Cairncastle Road area at around 7pm on Wednesday, 29 November. A man, armed with a knife, entered the premises and demanded money from female staff members.
10 November 2017
Public Urged To Be Vigilant After Bogus NIE Worker Steals Cash
Police are urging the public to be vigilant after a bogus worker, claiming to be from Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE), stole a sum of cash from a house in east Belfast. On Wednesday, 08 November, a man claiming to be from NIE, called to a house to check the electric meter.