Professional police association. Receives High Approvals For Local Departments In Recent Reviews | WFRV Local 5

APPLETON, Wis. (WFRV) – The Wisconsin Professional Police Association has released its 2021 statewide public opinion poll on law enforcement. The survey covers topics that include community rating, perspective, background, and police approval ratings.

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In the report, 79% of respondents approve of the way local departments handle work. 80% of people believe that a well-funded police service improves the quality of life in their community. “The community of Green Bay is very special because there is a lot of community support,” said Kevin Warych, Commanding Officer of the Green Bay Police Department.

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The report also found that 93% of those surveyed agree that a well-trained police service makes the community safer. “Here at Appleton, training has always been at the forefront of what we do,” said Sergeant Meghan Cash of the Appleton Police Department. Cash says some departments might have enough resources for in-depth training. “For us, it’s a mindset here, to provide training throughout an officer’s career,” Cash said.

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Local 5 spoke to Appleton residents about their thoughts on law enforcement. “Overall, in general, they do a good job in my opinion,” said Jerry Roberts. The Appleton Police Department has implemented an outreach program for the migrant community, which is one of Jeanne Roberts’ strengths. “I think it’s great to have a program that provides a bridge between the immigrant community and the police department.” There is always room for improvement, according to Roberts. “What I think is missing is a general law enforcement system, not just APD, but overall. I think too much is expected of them without sufficient training, ”said Roberts.

Also included in the report, 87% of the public believe penalties should be tougher for people who destroy property during protests. To read the WPPA Summary Investigation Report Click here. This is the 9th consecutive year for this survey. To request a copy of the full 87-page survey report prepared by the St. Norbert College Strategic Research Institute, please contact WPPA Executive Director Jim Palmer at [email protected]

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