Poll finds 'very high' public confidence in Minnesota police

Survey results released by the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association on Monday found an "overwhelmingly positive" view of local law enforcement across the state.

The statewide survey was conducted on June 15 and 16 by Harper Polling, a Pennsylvania polling firm with a long history in public opinion polling. The sample size for the survey was 450 registered voters, responses were gathered through land line and cell phone interviews using live operators.

"In Minnesota, we have set high professional standards and reporting for our licensed police officers," Dennis Flaherty, Executive Director of the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association, said. "As a profession that has seen a great amount of scrutiny from around the country, it is encouraging to see that the citizens of Minnesota recognize that our state's police officers face life and death situations on a daily basis and continue to do their jobs because they truly care about the public that they serve."

Survey results

90 percent of those surveyed in Minnesota approve of the way their "local police force handles its job"

91 percent felt the safety in the area in which they live in is either excellent or good

86 percent said they have had mostly positive "personal interactions with the local police in [their] area."

86 percent said they trust "local law enforcement officers to use good judgment in their use of deadly force"

Impact of recent events involving police

55 percent of survey participants said "recent events around the country regarding violence involving police officers" have not altered their "perception of law enforcement in [their] local area" at all

24 percent said recent events have had "very little" impact on their perception

14 percent reported "somewhat" and 5 percent reported "a great deal"

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