A police-commissioned survey shows that more Winnipeggers are satisfied with the Winnipeg Police Service and most people feel safer in their own neighbourhoods than they had previously felt.
WPS research analyst Jeff Wyman said the telephone survey of 618 residents is considered accurate to within three percentage points.
Wyman presented highlights of the survey to the Winnipeg Police board this morning, which included:
- 70.1 per cent rate the WPS as excellent or good, compared with 2.1 per cent who rated it poor/very poor.
- The satisfaction rating is a 9 percentage point increase from 2010 and the best rating since 2003.
- 52.6 per cent say crime in the city has remained unchanged over the past year. This is a reversal from 2010, when 56 per cent believed crime was on the increase.
- 96.4 per cent felt safe walking in their neighbourhood during the day.
- 68 per cent said they felt safe walking in their neighbourhood after dark.
- 61.7 per cent believed the correct number of officers is visible on the streets, an increase of 20 percentage points from 2010.
Wyman said conditions imposed on the survey firm by the WPS included that 18 per cent of respondents had to come from the North End, 10 per cent from the downtown area, and 52 per cent had to be female.
Seventy-five per cent strongly or moderately approve of mobile photo-radar enforcement vehicles,
Eighty per cent approve of the use of red-light photo radar cameras: support was 70 per cent in households where someone had been issued a ticket; support was 82 per cent in households where no one had been issued a ticket.
However, Wyman said public support of both red-light cameras and photo-radar, while high, is on the decline from 2007.
Wyman attributes the decline to public backlash and a media campaign against photo radar.
Wyman said public opposition will continue to grow unless the city or the WPS launches its own media campaign to show the effectiveness of photo-radar and red-light cameras.
However, both Chief Devon Clunis and board chairman Scott Fielding said they do not support conducting a media campaign to promote photo radar.