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Justice Report Says Citizens Approve Of Police

June 4, 1999

Eighty-five percent of residents surveyed in a dozen cities nationwide are happy with their local police, according to a new study from the Department of Justice. White citizens registered a higher degree of satisfaction than did minorities, however.

  • Overall, 90 percent of white city residents and 76 percent of blacks expressed satisfaction with local police.
  • Those who were "very satisfied" or "satisfied" ranged from 97 percent in Madison, Wis., to 78 percent in the District of Columbia.
  • According to the report, 37 percent of blacks surveyed in Knoxville, Tenn., said they were dissatisfied with police; as were 31 percent in Chicago; 23 percent in New York; 11 percent in San Diego; 9 percent in Tucson; and 18 percent in Los Angeles.
  • Among whites, the level of dissatisfaction was 9 percent in Knoxville; 5 percent in San Diego; and 10 percent in Kansas City and Springfield, Mass.

Source: Jerry Seper, "Police Are Earning Respect in Cities, Justice Survey Says," Washington Times, June 4, 1999.


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