Ipsos MORI was commissioned by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) to undertake a large-scale online survey of the public to assess current perceptions of policing. It follows a similar survey in 2015 and the methodology has been kept consistent to ensure valid comparisons over time. A sample of 16,865 people aged 16+ across England and Wales took part in the survey between July and August 2016. The findings have informed HMIC's PEEL Assessments.
The survey provides insights into current perceptions of crime, safety and local police, along with public interactions with the police. Issues explored for the first time in 2016 include priorities for the police, perceived responsibilities of the police and other agencies with regards the safety of vulnerable people, and online crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB).