06 March 2014 12:28

An independent Public Attitude Survey carried out by the University of Nicosia relating to the SBA Police has revealed an overall satisfaction rating of nearly four out of five according to analysts.
And the overall feeling of public safety also sits at around nearly four out of five, a slight increase on last year's results.
The survey, which was completed last month, revealed that one in four of the 604 people surveyed had experienced contact with the SBA Police within the past 12 months and more than 75% of those described the officer as being 'polite'.
Perhaps surprisingly, 64% of those who praised the attitude of the police officer were actually suspects in, or were accused of a crime.
One of the main areas where the SBA Police are said to have performed well according to those surveyed was in providing effective road safety, where 55% of respondents praised the forces efforts.
The SBA Police are also said to perform well in 'all fields' according to 27% of those asked.
However, 17% of the people feel there is room for improvement in the area of crime prevention but during a period of increased crime island-wide, largely thought to be a consequence of the continuing economic struggle that many people are facing, this did not come as a surprise to SBA Police, Chief Constable, Mick Matthews, who was satisfied with the survey findings.
He said: "Of course there are new crime trends emerging all over Cyprus and that could be attributed to the economic crisis.
"Crime prevention is going to be a key tool in our armoury and I would hope that when we look at the past 12 months, the rate of crime will sit roughly the same as it did last year which will be an achievement given the economic situation that I have already mentioned.
"Overall, I am very pleased to see that there is a high level of satisfaction with my officers and there is evidence to prove from Cyprus and back in the UK that as long as an officer is polite and professional, even those who are accused or are suspects, do not complain about their treatment.
 "We know there is more work to be done but we now know that we are moving in the right direction and I couldn't be more proud of my officers."
The survey also marks the end of the Chief Constable's first year as the head of the SBA Police force and looking back over the past 12 months he feels they have come a long way.
 "I have told my officers the past 12 months have been some of the busiest in my career and although a lot of that has been attributable to my own learning curve about Cyprus, we have also faced some really big challenges and come through them.
"We have achieved some very impressive results, not least with organised crime and the arrests we have made and I hope to see that continue over the next 12 months."

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