To Trust or Not to Trust: The Polish National Police in the Eyes of the Public

Piotr Walancik, Polish National Police
Maria (Maki) Haberfeld, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Piotr Calinski, Polish National Police

In October of 2002, the Center for the Study of Public Op8inion, in Poland, conducted a survey of public perceptions of the Polish National Police. The study was contacted by the Policy police and represented a first attempt, in the history of the 13 year-old force, to assess the attitudes and perceptions of the public they police. The respondents were asked about the level of trust towards the police organization, assessment of its effectiveness, fear of crime, and visibility and familiiarity with the local beat officers. The results, published in a book form at the beginning of 2003, generated heated discussions within the police force. This paper analyzes the reaction of the police force to a new form of accountability, which was created based on its request.

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Updated 05/20/2006