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Winnipeg Police Service General Survey, 2017


The 2017 Winnipeg Police Service public opinion survey was conducted between May 23 and 26, 2017. A total of 602 respondents answered over 100 questions concerning their involvement with, and opinion of, the Winnipeg Police Service. Many of the questions on the survey are “tracking” questions. They have remained unchanged for almost 20 years, through eight surveys, and can be used to measure the changing attitudes of citizens over the years.

The questions are generally intended to assess citizens’ involvement with the Police Service over the past year and many of the survey questions are phrased “In the past 12 months did you …” (in regards to the Winnipeg Police). Thus, the responses generally equate to parts of both the 2016 and 2017 years although the survey was conducted in 2017. The WPS general survey prior to this one was reported in 2015.

About half of the questions were answered by all 602 respondents but the other half were answered by less. For example, question A4.1 asks respondents if they believe crime has increased, decreased or stayed the same in their neighbourhood. Those who said “increased” (N=112), were asked a follow-up question, A4.2, concerning which crimes they felt had increased. The follow-up question was not appropriate, or asked of, respondents who felt crime had decreased or remained the same. These citizens “skipped” this question and so the number of respondents who actually answered was less than the total 602 (in this case 112). Throughout this report, where appropriate, reference will be made to the “N” or number of people who answered a specific question. If the “N” is not mentioned, it may be assumed that all 602 respondents answered.

October 13, 2017

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