(Washington, D.C., Wednesday, April 22, 2015) - A new study finds that while the vast majority of U.S. citizens feel safe in their neighborhoods, more than three-fourths (76 percent) believe there is room for improvement in the way police services are delivered locally. The findings are the results of an Accenture survey of 2,000 U.S. citizens across 20 states.
The survey found that nine in ten respondents or 91 percent said they feel safe in their neighborhoods, and 85 percent are generally satisfied with their local police services. Yet more than nine in ten citizens said they want their local police force to provide new ways to report crime, increase information sharing on police services and collaborate with citizens through community policing programs.
Jody Weis, a retired Chicago police superintendent and a director with Accenture Police Services, says now is the time for police forces to improve the level of collaboration and co-operation in their communities.
THERE IS STRONG SUPPORT FROM CITIZENS FOR THEIR LOCAL POLICE AND AN EAGERNESS AMONG CITIZENS TO ENGAGE AND COLLABORATE WITH POLICE TO FIGHT CRIME. THIS HIGHLIGHTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO IMPROVE POLICE-CITIZEN COLLABORATION THROUGH BETTER INFORMATION SHARING, BOTH IN-PERSON AND ONLINE USING NEW DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES.
NOW MORE THAN EVER, CITIZENS WANT THEIR LOCAL POLICE FORCE TO INVOLVE THEM IN EFFORTS TO REDUCE CRIME IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS BY PROVIDING MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENGAGEMENT AND NEW WAYS TO REPORT CRIME. THIS CAN BE ACHIEVED THROUGH COMMUNITY POLICING PROGRAMS, INCREASED DIGITAL SERVICES, AND A LOCAL LEADERSHIP VISION THAT CAN DRIVE COLLABORATION AND INCREASE TRUST BETWEEN POLICE AND THE COMMUNITIES THEY SERVE.
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