A survey of over 4000 people living in South Yorkshire showed 22 percent of people do not have trust in South Yorkshire Police, equating to almost one in four of respondents.
What’s more, the survey showed just over half of people across the region agree with the statement that ‘South Yorkshire Police are dealing with crimes and Anti-Social Behaviour which matter in their area.’
Residents in Sheffield showed slightly higher levels of agreement to this particular statement than other areas of South Yorkshire.
The independent survey was organised by Dr Alan Billings, a Police and Crime Commissioner, who was deputy to David Blunkett on the Sheffield City Council from 1981-6.
He said: “The survey is unique in the sheer size of people surveyed from ‘hard-to-reach’ communities. The sample size of 4,400 people is large in it scale and diversity and provides an excellent sample of view of the public about their police force.”
Roughly half of the respondents (54 per cent) said they are satisfied with the level of uniformed police presence in their area. However, 27 per cent stated a level of dissatisfaction. Residents in Rotherham were the least satisfied with only 49 per cent compared to 61 in Sheffield.
Most of those who agreed to answer the survey feel a regular, uniformed police presence is important for their area. This totalled 86 per cent of respondents, with an increase in more deprived areas. Sheffield had the highest per cent for this question with 89 per cent.
Common areas of concern in relation to crime were drugs, gangs and anti-social behaviour as the most identifiable problems found within the survey.