A fundamental tenet of policing in the UK is public trust and consent, which is shaped both by public perception and police competency. The 2020 Crime Survey of England and Wales shows a trend of decreasing public trust in the police, from 62% in 2017 to 55% in 2020. In the past two years trust in the police has been severely affected by several high-profile events.
This POSTnote will summarise evidence on trends in public perception of and trust in the police, and variation between groups, including by ethnicity and region. It will summarise key factors that shape trust and data on the effectiveness of strategies and approaches to public engagement.
Work on this briefing will commence in February 2023.
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