Territories less likely to say police do a good job: StatsCan

Survey released today by Statistics Canada shows residents of Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon are less likely to give police high marks in a number of areas.

Survey asked residents about how well police enforce the law, respond to calls and treat people fairly

A new StatsCan survey showed residents in Nunavut, the N.W.T. and Yukon are less likely than the average Canadian to perceive their local police are doing a good job in a number of areas. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)

People in Canada's North are less likely than the rest of Canada to give police high marks in a number of areas, including enforcing the law, treating residents fairly and responding quickly to calls.

Statistics Canada conducts its general social survey on Canadians' safety every five years "to better understand how Canadians perceive crime and the justice system" and it breaks down the data by province and territory. 

In the Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut, the percentage of people who rate the police as doing a 'good job,' rather than an 'average or poor job' was lower than the Canadian average in every category. 

Police perceived as less 'approachable'

When asked how local police are 'enforcing the law,' 43.6 per cent of Nunavummiut, 50 per cent of Yukoners and 51 per cent of people in the N.W.T. stated police are doing a good job. 

That's opposed to the 61.8 per cent of all Canadians who stated police do a good job in that regard.

People in the territories were also less likely to say police did a 'good job' being approachable, ensuring communities are safe and telling people how to prevent crimes.

The 2014 survey contained 33,127 responses from the provinces and 2,040 responses from the territories.