Satisfaction with police falling

Thurrock Gazette: The Crime Survey for England and Wales reveals what people think of police The Crime Survey for England and Wales reveals what people think of police

The proportion of adults who believe their local police are doing a good job has dipped for the first time in a decade, official data have revealed.

Figures in the Crime Survey for England and Wales 2012/13 show 61% of people gave positive ratings for local officers, compared to 62% in the previous year, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

The drop signals the end of a decade of year-on-year growth in the proportion of adults who report their area's police as doing a good or excellent job, the ONS said.

And when the ratings measures are broken down further, an increase was revealed in those who thought the police were doing a "very poor" job when compared to the previous year, from 1.8% to 2.2%.

Elsewhere, the ONS said the proportion of adults who reported seeing a police officer on foot patrol in their local area at least once a week dropped to 34% from 38% in the same period.

High visibility was associated with positive ratings of the police, the ONS added.

Some 69% of adults who reported seeing officers on foot patrol at least once a week gave the police an excellent or good rating.

This compared with just over half (53%) of adults who reported never seeing the police on patrol believing the police are doing an excellent or good job.

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