Understanding the Public Perception and Satisfaction of a UK Police Constabulary

Imran, Awan and Brookes, Michael and Powell, Monique and Stanwell, Sarah (2018) Understanding the Public Perception and Satisfaction of a UK Police Constabulary. Police, Practice and Research: An International Journal. ISSN 1561-4263

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Abstract

This study explores the public perception of a community in Britain, towards a police constabulary in the UK. The study sought to explore how the levels of satisfaction between Black and Minority Ethnicities (BME) and non BME communities towards this police force in the UK. Using a mixed-methods approach, data was obtained by the use of self-completion questionnaires of 112 participants in an area in the UK and the use of a total of 31 semistructured interviews. The findings show that participants questioned police competence, the duty of police officers, policing conduct in relation to investigations, experiences of prejudice and expectations communities have of the police. The results for this study showed that there is some support for the idea that the perception of the police during the first contact with a member of the public is likely to be the most powerful predictor of future opinions on the police. This comes from the idea that the public are concerned not only with what the police do in the
community, but how they do their work. Finally, as the current study is concerned with policing the local communities, it is important to remember that members of the community will respond positively to being included in police procedure deliberations and audits. The findings suggest that there is still much work to be done by the police service in order to improve the relationship with the communities that they serve. We argue much more emphasis should be placed on community work and increased engagement with younger people in schools and the wider general public.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L300 Sociology
L400 Social Policy
L500 Social Work
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Criminology and Sociology
Depositing User: Imran Awan
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2018 08:54
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2018 14:55
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5429

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