The Policing Board today published the finding from the Northern Ireland Policing Plan Telephone Survey. An official statistics publication, the survey focuses on the following 4 modules:
- Public Perceptions of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI);
- Public Perceptions of the Policing and Community Safety Partnerships (PCSPs);
- Public Perceptions of the Northern Ireland Policing Board (NIPB); and
- Public Perceptions of the National Crime Agency (NCA).
The aim of the survey is also to provide data to support analysis of the PSNI’s performance against a number of measures in the Policing Plan, focusing primarily on:
- Number of people in Northern Ireland who feel safe in their local area, local high street or town centre and own home;
- Number of people in Northern Ireland who are confident that the PSNI is accessible, visible, responsive and victim focused; and
- Number of victims who are satisfied with the service they have received.
On Public Perceptions of the Police Service of Northern Ireland
- 92% of respondents said they feel safe in their community.
- 88% of respondents say they feel safe in their town centre.
- 38% of respondents say they are concerned about crime in their area.
- 75% of respondents think the PSNI is effective at keeping their community safe.
- 20% of respondents had low satisfaction with the level of police patrols in their area
- 58% of respondents said that the police are not visible in their area.
- 90% of respondents said they would feel confident contacting the PSNI.
- 62% of respondents said the PSNI was representative of the local community, 64% said the PSNI was engaged with the local community and 68% said the PSNI was supportive of the local community
On Public Perceptions of the Northern Ireland Policing Board
- 86% of respondents were aware of the Policing Board
- 57% of respondents thought the Board was independent of the police
On Public Perceptions of Policing and Community Safety Partnerships
- 40% of respondents said they were aware of Policing and Community Safety Partnerships.
- 53% of respondents said they think PCSPs have helped improve policing.
On Public Perceptions of the National Crime Agency
- 61% of respondents said they had heard of the National Crime Agency.
For any further information please contact the Board’s Communications office.
Notes to editors:
The Northern Ireland Policing Plan Survey is a representative personal interview survey of the experiences and perceptions of adults living in private households throughout Northern Ireland. The survey was commissioned by the Policing Board to fill an evidence gap left by the suspension of the Northern Ireland Omnibus Survey.
A telephone methodology was used to conduct the surveys. In total, 2,510 interviews were completed, which were representative of the adult population in Northern Ireland. Interviewing took place between November 2021 and February 2022, with each interview taking, on average, 12 minutes to complete. Interviewing was carried out in compliance with the UK GDPR Regulations and the Market Research Society Code of Conduct.
Official statistics are produced in accordance with the Code of Practice for Statistics. They undergo regular quality assurance reviews to ensure that they meet customer needs. They are produced free from any political interference. They are also subject to restrictions in terms of pre-release access.
The Policing Plan Survey Report can be viewed in the Publications Section of the Policing Board website here: Publications | Northern Ireland Policing Board (nipolicingboard.org.uk)