Edmontonians are more confident in police than they were three years ago, according to a telephone survey that measured the public’s perception of the police.
Ninety-three percent of people who responded to the 2014 EPS Citizen survey felt that EPS was doing a good job, with 53 per cent strongly agreeing and 35 per cent somewhat agreeing.
In 2011, 51 per cent strongly agreed and 40 per cent somewhat agreed.
The survey suggests more Edmontonians think the city is safe, compared to numbers recorded in 2011.
Sixty-three per cent of the 2014 respondents said that Edmonton has about the same amount of crime as other Canadian cities, a drop from 2011 when 48 per cent felt that way.
The survey suggests the major issue in 2014 is traffic. Coun. Scott Mckeen says his council colleagues should take note.
“This is another indication that the public is pressing us as well,” he said. “They're fed up with irresponsible driving on the roads.”
McKeen says city council will take the survey results into consideration at budget time.
A random sample of 1,357 Edmontonians took part in the computer assisted telephone survey conducted by Advanis Inc. between Jan. 13 and 31, 2014.
The survey is believed to have a margin of error of plus or minus three per cent, 19 times out of 20.