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Confidence in police improving

The PSNI Chief Constable, Matt Baggot has said the latest quarterly update on perceptions of policing, justice and anti social behaviour and the good work ongoing in communities is ‘heartening’.

His statement comes after the Department of Justice update revealed that peoples’ confidence in policing had increased slightly — to 79.5 % compared to 78.5 % last year.

The proportion of people who believe police ‘do a good job’ in Northern Ireland has increased on last year too — from 66.8% to 70.4%.

Chief Constable, Matt Baggot said:”I am heartened by this figure as I go to the Northern Ireland Policing Board. I am immensely proud of the service delivered by my colleagues at the heart of local communities as they work to keep people safe from serious harm and help to address the local concerns that can touch every one of us. This figure reflects the impact we are making in those communities.”

The update shows crime is down by 5.2 % this financial year.

Crime levels across Northern Ireland over the latest 12 months are lower than those for the previous 12 months, the trend since December 2010 has been a general upward one.

While crime fell between April 2011 and June 2011 there was an increase in July 2011 to reach the highest monthly figure recorded in the last eleven months.

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