Police has worst public image among HK disciplinary forces: poll

June 11, 2015 19:20
Hong Kong police have seen their reputation get dented following violent action against some pro-democracy protesters last year. Photo: AFP

The police has the worst public image among all the city's disciplinary forces, according to a survey by the Public Opinion Program of the University of Hong Kong.

The satisfaction rate of Hongkongers towards the police stood at 50 percent, marking a decline of 6 percentage points from a previous survey six months ago.

Meanwhile, the dissatisfaction rate of locals towards the police was up 2 percentage points to 29 percent, in the survey which was conducted between May 29 and June 2.

The net satisfaction rate — the difference between the satisfaction rate and dissatisfaction rate —towards the police force fell from 29 percent to 21 percent, which is the lowest figure since 1997.

The figure decreased from 51 percent in late 2013 to 36 percent in mid-2014 and further dropped to 29 percent in late last year after the Occupy movement.

The latest survey results were based on responses from 1,038 people.

In terms of net satisfaction, the Fire Services Department recorded 92 percent, and is definitely the most popular disciplinary force in Hong Kong.

Meanwhile, net satisfaction rate of the PLA Hong Kong Garrison was at 34 percent, compared with 35 percent six months ago.

This is the first ever full-coverage survey, which shows that the recognition rates of Hong Kong's disciplinary forces are all above 75 percent, said Robert Ting-Yiu Chung, director of HKU's Public Opinion Programme. 

In terms of net satisfaction rate, the Auxiliary Medical Service took the second rank after the Fire Services Department, with a figure of 81 percent.

It was followed by the Government Flying Service (77 percent), the Immigration Department (73 percent), the Customs and Excise Department (64 percent), the Civil Aid Service (60 percent), the Correctional Services Department (57 percent) and the Independent Commission Against Corruption (49 percent).

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