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Less than half believe Garda is well managed, survey finds

But the poll also found that 90% of the public had a medium to high level of trust in the force.

Less than half of the public believe The Garda is a well managed organisation, a new survey has found. (Niall Carson/PA Wire)
Less than half of the public believe The Garda is a well managed organisation, a new survey has found. (Niall Carson/PA Wire)

Less than half of the public believe the Garda is a well-managed organisation, a survey has found.

About 48% of respondents to the latest Garda Public Attitudes Survey said the force was well managed and fewer – 44% – described it as a world-class service.

But the public perception of crime as a serious problem has decreased in recent years.

The 2018 survey found 73% of people said they perceived national crime as a serious or very serious problem, down from 77% in 2016.

Despite the majority of people believing national crime was a serious problem, less than one in five (19%) perceived local crime as a serious or very serious problem, a 4% decrease from 2016.

The victimisation rate in 2018 was 6%. This figure has been steadily declining since the first quarter of 2016.

Deputy Commissioner Policing & Security John Twomey said: “These largely positive results reflect the great work done by Garda personnel every day to keep people safe. This can be most clearly seen in the reduction in victimisation and the fall in concerns about crime at national and local level.

“Trust in, and satisfaction with, An Garda Siochana is very high by international standards. This is as a result of the close connections we have with communities. It also very welcome to see how positive young people are towards An Garda Siochana. It is vital that we work hard to maintain this.

“We will continue to work with those communities and all our stakeholders to prevent and detect crimes, particularly against the vulnerable.”

The survey involves more than 6,000 face-to-face interviews, and quarterly bulletins of the results are released throughout the year.

The survey also found the majority of the public – 90% – had a medium to high level of trust in the force.

The figure of respondents who said gardai would treat you with respect if you had contact with them for any reason was 93%.

Some 75% agreed that gardai in their area can be relied on to be there when they are needed.

Regardless of gender, age, social class, nationality or experience of victimisation, respondents ranked sexual offences as the top priority for An Garda Siochana.

The vast majority of respondents, across all demographics, highlighted illegal weapons, human trafficking and robbery as their next priorities.

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