Positive sentiment on decline of Regina police, reveals semi-annual survey Globalnews.ca

For the first time in more than 15 years, regina police Service (RPS) has registered a decline in positive perceptions of the police in Regina.

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in a survey conducted every other year by the University of Regina; The latest survey recorded 450 responses. The data comes as part of a report being presented at a meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners on July 26.

“However, this is consistent with a reduction in perceptions reported at the federal level as well as at several other municipalities in Canada,” the report said. “The decline is in line with public perception of police following the George Floyd incident and subsequent protests in 2020.”

The survey took place between September 8 and October 21, 2021 and included five new questions to collect information about the community.

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Three questions were related to contact with RSP while two related to quality of service.

“Respondents continue to report positively about the quality of service and satisfaction with the level of service provided by RPS, agree that RPS is an organization with integrity and integrity that demonstrates professionalism, and 9 There will be confidence when calling -1-1 in case of an emergency.”

Here are some notable highlights from the report:

  • When asked whether Regina police officers can provide equal quality service to everyone in the community, 55.1 percent of respondents agreed.
  • 1 percent of respondents felt that police visibility in their neighborhood had increased in the past year
  • 2 percent agreed they would be confident to call 9-1-1 in an emergency requiring police presence
  • 1 percent indicated either four or five on a five-point scale with five representing the excellent quality of service provided by RPS.
  • 9 per cent felt that the RPS did an average job and 13.1 per cent felt that the RPS did a poor job of informing the public on ways to reduce crime.
  • 1 percent of respondents felt somewhat or very safe walking alone in their neighborhood after dark
  • Regarding vandalism, graffiti and damage to property or vehicles in their neighborhood, 15.3 percent felt it was a major problem, 66.2 percent felt it was a major problem, and 18.5 percent felt it was a major problem. Not a problem.

The respondents were asked to list the top three areas where RPS can improve service delivery. The top three answers given were:

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  • More Police Visibility, Police Presence, More Officers/Patrols
  • better relations or communication between the police and the community, and
  • Quicker/better police response time.

Overall, Indigenous respondents accounted for 9.2 percent of the total responses this time, compared to 10.4 percent and 10.5 percent in 2019 and 2017.

The full report can be found at RPS website.

In total, there have been 8,587 police-reported crimes in Regina in the first half of 2022.

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