Falklands : Public Confidence high for Royal Falkland Islands Police
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 23.09.2012 (Article Archived on 07.10.2012)
Results from the Royal Falkland Islands Police Public confidence Survey have been announced and are available to the public.
AN OVERVIEW OF THE ROYAL FALKLAND ISLANDS POLICE PUBLIC CONFIDENCE SURVEY 2012
By J. Brock (FINN)
Results from the Royal Falkland Islands Police Public confidence Survey have been announced and are available to the public. The survey objective was to interview 500 people over the age of 16, using a pre-stratified random sampling procedure based on residential location in Stanley. The response rate of the 504 people successfully contacted was 92%, with 463 providing viable data, and 41 declining to participate.
Of the 463 people participating in the survey, 177 (38%) were men, and 286 (62%) were women; 114 (25%) were residents of East Stanley, 245 (53%) were residents of Central Stanley, and 104 (22%) were residents of West Stanley.
The report shows that 99% of all respondents said they knew how to contact the Police and 42% of all reasons given for contacting the Police during the previous year was to apply for a licence or vehicle registration, pay road tax or change ownership of a vehicle.
In addition, 57% of respondents who had contacted the Police had used a non-emergency telephone number, and 34% had contacted them by visiting the Police Station. Only 7% of respondents who had contacted the Police said they had used the emergency telephone ‘999’ number to do so.
Overall, both by location and gender, more than 50% of respondents said they were completely satisfied with the way their contact with the Police had been dealt with. 85% of all respondents were completely or fairly satisfied with the way their matter had been dealt with and 64% of respondents were fairly or completely satisfied with the level of foot patrolling in the area of Stanley where they lived. There were no significant differences seen between the responses by location or gender.
More than 75% of respondents answering the question said they never see foot patrols in the area of Stanley where they live. One third of these respondents qualified this by saying that they didn’t feel that foot patrolling was needed in their area of Stanley, and 16% said it would be nice to see more foot patrols.
Overall, 62% said there were no problems in their area of Stanley. This percentage was lower for residents of West Stanley, with 54% saying there were no problems. But cars and motorbikes speeding was seen as a problem by almost twice the number of residents of East and West Stanley than those living in the centre, with 91% of all respondents said that anti-social behaviour did not affect their day-to-day quality of life and 96% of all respondents said that they were not at all worried about being a victim of crime.
Ninety six percent of respondents said that they had not been a victim of a crime in the past 12
months that they had not reported. Overall, 92% of respondents answered that their level of confidence in the Police had not changed in the past 12 months.
Finally, 88% of respondents answered that they were fairly or completely satisfied with the service provided by the RFIP.