Calgary police poll: 94% of Calgarians are satisfied393 views
According to the Calgary Police Commission, a full 94% of Calgarians are satisfied with the service provided by the Calgary Police Service.
The numbers are in stark contrast to arecent Postmedia/Mainstreet poll that found only only 39% of the 823 respondents approving of their performance.
The 2016 Calgary Police Commission Citizen Satisfaction survey also found that 95% are confident CPS can deliver the service needed to ensure Calgary is safe.
Police Commission Vice-Chair Brian Thiessen said the insight provided by the poll is invaluable to them as a commission, and to CPS as well.
“Community feedback is an important part of having an accountable police service” he said.
“This survey is one tool, among many, the we use to gather input about the community’s priorities. It gives us a good insight while also pointing to areas where we can make improvements that will enhance satisfaction and confidence in our police,” he added
The data, according to a commission release, was gathered from 1000 residents of Calgary over a 8 week period between June 28th and August 18th, 2016.
By contrast, nearly half of those polled (48%) in the Mainstreet survey said they disapproved of the way Calgary cops are doing their job.
Respondents were split on whether cops facing misconduct would be held to account; whether police required more training to deal with high stress situations; and whether they’d be treated fairly if they were subject to a police investigation.
In an earlier interview, city police Chief Roger Chaffin acknowledged public confidence in the police was trending slightly downward, but noted their own poll numbers would show a different picture.
“You’re going to see when the numbers come out in the police commission survey a very different look at the same issues,” Chaffin said at the time.