Discover how technology helps law enforcement offer greater transparency and build stronger, more trustworthy bonds with their communities.
But it can often be hard to cut through the noise and assess the public’s true feelings regarding law enforcement agencies (LEAs). This report dives deep into the relationship between LEAs and the communities they serve, using data collected through extensive interviews with the public in April of 2021.
An important national conversation is happening around the topic of policing in America.
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Shining Light on Police and Community Relationships
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Learn more about the complex interplay of LEA policy, public perception and technology in American society.
Perceptions of policing are nuanced and complex
The data revealed four key themes...
Most people have positive opinions about the police, but mixed feelings remain
52% form their opinions about LEAs through direct interactions with police
3 out of 4 people say police contribute to their feeling of security in their community
IMPROVING & EXPANDING TRANSPARENCY IS GOOD FOR ALL
Increasing Access to Basic Information May Further Improve Public Perception of LEAs
42% say lack of transparency has hurt their perception of law enforcement
18% say it’s too high
37% say their local police budget is adequate.
COMMUNITIES HAVE STRONG OPINIONS ABOUT THE ROLE OF POLICE
While fewer than 1 in 5 support “defunding the police,” public opinion on LEA budgets are split
14% say too low
Technology will accelerate transparency effortS
The public widely embraces the use of technology to improve effectiveness and transparency in policing
but technical challenges still affect implementation and public perception