Dominic Massa / EyewitnessNews
NEWORLEANS - Calling their results encouraging, leaders of the New Orleans Crime Coalition report an increase in overall citizen satisfaction with New Orleans Police, in the latest version of the perception survey conducted every six months for the group.
Overall citizen satisfaction with the NOPD rose two percent in the past six months according to the survey of 600 people, conducted for the New Orleans Crime Coalition by two national research firms.
After trending downward in the previous survey, overall satisfaction with NOPD in the latest survey stood at 58 percent, up two percent from August 2012. The latest survey was conducted by March 12 14.
At its lowest point, overall satisfaction stood at 33 percent, in August 2009, the first year the survey was conducted.
Crime Coalition organizers said they were particularly encouraged by an improvement in New Orleanians' perceptions of police efforts to address violent crimes, up to 55 percent from 46 percent in August of last year. Again, at its lowest point, in 2009, the figure stood at 33 percent.
When asked whether they feel safe in their own neighborhood, 79 percent of those surveyed said they agreed or somewhat or strongly agreed with that statement. Only 10 percent of those surveyed said that they, or someone in their family, had been a victim of crime in the past twelve months, however.
This is the seventh installment of the survey, which is funded by Baptist Community Ministries Foundation, the Greater New Orleans Foundation and the Business Council.
The full survey may be found here.