TORONTO, Dec. 6 /CNW/ - The Police Association of Ontario (PAO)
representing over 31,000 front-line police personnel released the results of a
public opinion poll today that was conducted by Innovative Research Group.
In releasing the polling results, PAO President Bob Baltin stated, "This
poll demonstrates that members of the public believe that public safety is a
priority issue. Fear of crime, inadequate funding for police services and a
lax court and parole system are all cited as key factors in people's growing
sense of unease in their community."
The complete poll is available on the PAO web site at www.pao.on.ca under
Media Releases. Some of the highlights include:
- A decisive 91% of those polled agree that Canadian laws and
eligibility for parole should be toughened to make persons convicted
of crimes of violence and gun crimes more accountable for their
- 45% of Ontarians expect that they or a family member will have
property stolen as a result of a break-in in the next five years.
- An alarming one in four Ontarians (26%) feel they or a family member
will be physically attacked in the next five years.
- An overwhelming majority (74%) say that gun violence has worsened in
the past five years.
- A majority of Ontarians believe that municipal governments should
increase funding for police services.
- There is very strong support right across the province for increased
funding for the OPP.
- Half of Ontarians feel crime has increased in their community in the
past five years.
PAO Chief Administrative Officer Bruce Miller added, "The poll results
are consistent with what our front-line members have been saying. Violent
crime is a problem and the best way to combat it is to ensure that police have
the proper resources they need including provisions that ensure that violent
offenders are dealt with very firmly by the courts."
For further information:
For further information: Bruce Miller, Chief Administrative Officer,
Police Association of Ontario, Bus: (905) 670-9770, Cell: (416) 707-3923; For
polling methodology contact: Joe McDonald, Innovative Research Group, (647)