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Poll: Over 70% say PSNI doing a good job and treats people fairly - do you agree

Public confidence in the PSNI has jumped in the past year, a new survey reveals.

The Policing Board's 'Perceptions of Police' report, has revealed almost three quarters (74%) of people think the PSNI is doing a good job in the survey conducted in April 2017.

The figure compares to a figure of 68% in April 2016. The increase, the report said, was "statistically significant".

Protestant support was slightly higher with 76% thinking officers do a good job with 73% of Catholics agreeing.

Elsewhere 93% of those taking the survey said they felt safe in their community, a small increase on the 91% in April 2016.

In terms of how the PSNI treats people, 78% of people said they were satisfied the force treated people fairly. 85% of Protestants agreed with the statement compared with 73% of Catholics. And 90% said they had confidence in the PSNI to provide an "ordinary day-to-day" service.

However, only half of respondents said they were satisfied with the level of police patrols in their area.

Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd described the figures as "encouraging".

"This demonstrates that we are continuing to deliver a service that the community have confidence in despite the challenges we face," he said.

“The Police Service of Northern Ireland is a smaller organisation which means we have to understand and prioritise the demands from the public and continually strive to be more effective and efficient.

"This isn’t easy but this report shows that police officers and staff working hard on the ground with their local communities are making a real impact on people's lives.”

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