Confidence in the local police
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- 1. Navigate toMain facts and figures section
- 2. Navigate toThings you need to know section
- 3. Navigate toBy ethnicity over time section
- 4. Navigate toBy ethnicity and gender section
- 5. Navigate toBy ethnicity and age section
- 6. Navigate toBy ethnicity and socio-economic group section
- 7. Navigate toData sources section
- 8. Navigate toDownload the data section
1. Main facts and figures
- in the year ending March 2019, 75% of people aged 16 and over in England and Wales said they had confidence in their local police
- people from Black and Mixed backgrounds were less likely than White and Asian people to have confidence in their local police
- in every year covered by this data, Black Caribbean people were less likely than White British people to have confidence in their local police
2. Things you need to know
What the data measures
This data shows the percentage of people aged 16 and over who said they had confidence in their local police.
Estimates in the charts and tables are given to the nearest whole number.
Not included in the data
The survey does not include:
- people living in communal establishments (such as care homes, university accommodation and prisons)
- crimes against commercial or public sector bodies
Estimates based on fewer than 50 respondents are not shown because they are not reliable.
The ethnic groups used in the data
In the other analyses, the number of people surveyed from some ethnic groups was too small to make reliable generalisations, so estimates are shown for 5 aggregated groups:
Read the detailed methodology document for the data on this page.
In the analyses by ethnicity with gender, age and socio-economic group, data for the 3 years to March 2017 has been combined to make sure estimates are reliable. The figures have not been updated with data for the years ending March 2018 and March 2019. You can read more about combining multiple years of data and some of the issues involved.
Weighting has been applied to the raw data. Read more about how weighting is used to make survey data more representative of the whole population.
The figures on this page are based on survey data. Find out more about interpreting survey data, including how reliability is affected by the number of people surveyed.
In the data file
See Download the data for:
- estimates rounded to 1 decimal place
- confidence intervals – read how we use [confidence intervals] to judge the reliability of survey estimates
3. By ethnicity over time
|Ethnicity||2013/14 %||2013/14 Sample size||2014/15 %||2014/15 Sample size||2015/16 %||2015/16 Sample size||2016/17 %||2016/17 Sample size||2017/18 %||2017/18 Sample size||2018/19 %||2018/19 Sample size|
|Black other||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||45||65||57||63||61||69||77||82||61||61||60|
|Mixed White/Black African||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||46||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||44||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||44||76||56||81||61||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||48|
|Mixed White/Black Caribbean||69||118||68||98||66||132||59||120||67||120||58||122|
|White Gypsy/Traveller||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||12||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||10||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||15||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||21||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||15||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||10|
Summary of Confidence in the local police By ethnicity over time Summary
4. By ethnicity and gender
|Ethnicity||All %||All Sample size||Men %||Men Sample size||Women %||Women Sample size|
Summary of Confidence in the local police By ethnicity and gender Summary
5. By ethnicity and age
|Age||Asian %||Asian Sample size||Black %||Black Sample size||Mixed %||Mixed Sample size||White %||White Sample size||Other %||Other Sample size|
|75+||84||169||77||129||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||32||85||12,565||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||27|
Summary of Confidence in the local police By ethnicity and age Summary
6. By ethnicity and socio-economic group
|Socio-economic classification||Asian %||Asian Sample size||Black %||Black Sample size||Mixed %||Mixed Sample size||White %||White Sample size||Other %||Other Sample size|
|Full time students||79||430||65||221||78||102||83||2,361||72||116|
|Managerial and professional occupations||78||1,733||70||810||67||364||80||32,406||76||220|
|Never worked and long-term unemployed||82||594||76||208||69||52||71||2,810||82||106|
|Not classified||71||52||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||34||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||6||71||612||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||7|
|Routine and manual occupations||80||1,445||75||1,018||67||297||75||32,520||84||221|
Summary of Confidence in the local police By ethnicity and socio-economic group Summary
7. Data sources
Type of data
Type of statistic
Office for National Statistics
Purpose of data source
The main aim of the Crime Survey for England and Wales is to:
- measure people's experience of crime
- give reliable estimates about changes over time
The survey doesn't include all crimes. It excludes 'victimless' crimes (like possession of drugs) and crimes that victims can't report (like murder).
The survey aims to give a clearer picture of the extent of crime than police statistics. It can do this by including crimes that are not reported to (or recorded by) the police.
It can also provide a better indicator of long-term trends because it isn't affected by changes in how crimes are reported or recorded.
8. Download the data
This file contains the following: Measure, Ethnicity, Time, Geography, Gender, Age, Socio-economic classification, Household income, Value, Sample size, Standard error, Lower CI, Upper CI