Trust and confidence in police dip

TRACY WATKINS
Last updated 08:47 11/12/2013

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A new survey shows most people still have "full" or "quite a lot" of trust and confidence in police.

But it has been revealed that trust and confidence dipped in November after the Roast Busters scandal and a string of bad headlines.

The survey of 9677 people was released as part of a broader report updating progress toward implementing the recommendations of a 2007 commission of inquiry into police conduct, sparked by rape allegations against police officers by Louise Nicholas.

Police Commissioner Peter Marshall said the findings would be the envy of many overseas police forces.

"It is important to remember that we often have contact with people during stressful periods . . . yet obviously many people end up being satisfied with the encounter."

But the survey did not include the month-to-month November figures which showed trust and confidence dipped from a high of 82 per cent in October to 76 per cent, coinciding with the Roast Busters scandal and the conviction of police officer Gordon Meyer for sexual offending.

The Roast Busters case raised questions about police treatment of sex abuse victims after it was revealed a group of youths had boasted on Facebook about having sex with drunk and underage girls and no action was taken.

Police initially said their hands were tied because none of the girls complained but that was later revealed to be incorrect.

A police spokeswoman said the figures for November were not included because the figures from month to month were volatile.

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