ARLINGTON, Virginia – During National Police Week in Washington D.C. in May 2018, we had those in attendance complete a short survey to get an understanding of what they think the biggest issue is facing law enforcement.
Out of ninety answers, 24.4% answered fixing America’s police shortage is the biggest issue facing law enforcement. Twenty-two point two percent said electing strong judges and criminal justice officials is the second biggest issue. Funding for officer safety was the third issue with 17.8%, police use of crime stopping and deterrent technologies was fourth with 5.6%, and combating the American drug epidemic was fifth with 4.4%.
Other answers for this question were civilian treatment of police, supervision, public relations, nonsupport of government officials, funding, relationship with community, politics/policing do not mix, bosses not leaders’ lack of leadership, lack of support/media, nonsupport from public media, lack of accountability of citizens, public perception/media, morale/media, media, mental health, biased media, former president dividing country, public, and all of the above. These all tied for sixth place with 1.1%.
Those who were polled were from 87 different zip codes throughout the country.
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