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83 Percent Acknowledge Risk of Police Work

83 Percent Acknowledge Risk of Police Work
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Thursday, 04 January 2018 02:35 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Eighty-three percent of Americans say they understand the risks and challenges of police work. According to the Pew Research Center, that figure includes 38 percent who believe they understand very well and 45 percent who believe they understand somewhat well.[1]

However, 86 percent of police officers do not believe that the public understands the risks and challenges that they face.

Despite this core difference, Pew did find "significant areas of broad agreement. Large majorities of officers (92 percent) and the public (79 percent) say anti-police bias is at least somewhat of a motivation for those protesting the deaths of blacks at the hands of police."

Additionally, "majorities of police and the public favor the use of body cameras by officers, though a significantly larger share of the public supports their use (93 percent versus 66 percent) and sees more benefits from body cams than the police do."

Pew listed this as one of the 17 most striking findings of 2017.[2]

Footnotes:

  1. Pew Research Center, "Behind the Badge," January 11, 2017
  2. Pew Research Center, "17 striking findings from 2017," December 26, 2017

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