NYPD survey links stops with loss of trust among New Yorkers

October 13, 2014 Heather Chin
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A survey of 17,340 New Yorkers across all five boroughs found that more frequent stops of residents directly led to decreased support and trust (between 25 and 58 percent less) in police officers and the NYPD.

The survey was conducted from May 6 to June 4 and was requested by Commissioner William Bratton in the wake of the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy being declared unconstitutional.

Data obtained by the Wall Street Journalshowed that nearly 25 percent of respondents said they had been stopped in the last year: 13 percent of them once, 7 percent twice and four percent more than three times. Around 66 percent of that group resides in the Hunts Point neighborhood of the Bronx and 70 percent were black men between 17 and 29 years of age.

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Overall, 17 percent gave the NYPD “very good” marks, 33 percent “good,” 34 percent “fair,” 10 percent “poor,” and six percent “very poor.”

In Brooklyn, the top concern of residents of the 84thPrecinct in Brooklyn Heights and Downtown Brooklyn is “dangerous driving,” while in Sunset Park’s 72ndPrecinct, domestic violence is considered the biggest problem.

Other concerns throughout the city were drug use (Staten Island), gangs (the Fordham section of the Bronx), and violent crime.

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