Public trust in Helsinki police in 2018 among respondent/language groups, 15–79 year olds, %

Public trust in the police remains high in Helsinki

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Public trust in Helsinki police in 2018 among respondent/language groups, 15–79 year olds, %

Survey language
Swedish (175 respondents)
Finnish (2,933)
Estonian (111)
Other languages (537)
Russian (245)
English (90)

Colour bullets:

(Dark blue) Very high
(Light blue) Fairly high
(Pink) Neither high nor low
(Orange) Fairly low
(Red) Very low
(Grey) No opinion, no response 

Source: City of Helsinki Perceived Safety Survey 2018

A perceived safety survey conducted by the City of Helsinki explored the public opinion on the police in Helsinki. Approximately 86 percent of the survey respondents expressed either very high or fairly high trust in the police. 

The survey result is in line with earlier perceived safety surveys conducted by the City of Helsinki in three-year intervals. Public trust enjoyed by the police is now at a higher level than in corresponding surveys conducted in the 2000s. 

Trust in the police was high among all respondent groups. For example, 80 percent of foreign-born respondents – those speaking some other language than Finnish or Swedish as their first language – reported either very high or fairly high trust in the police. However, that group of respondents marked the questionnaire option “No opinion” and the neutral “Neither high nor low” with higher frequency than other respondents. 

The survey questionnaire was administered in October–November 2018. 

Read more:

An article by Vesa Keskinen in the City of Helsinki’s Kvartti online publication on the findings of a perceived safety survey on public trust in the police. The article is in Finnish. Link to article 

Contact:

Vesa Keskinen, City of Helsinki Executive Office, tel. +358 (0)9 310 36296, vesa.keskinen@hel.fi

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