Wide public support for the police

27/07/2012 15:00

The public at large supports the way in which the police operate, but this does not imply that Dutch citizens always support police actions and follow their instructions. Older people tend to be more law-abiding citizens than younger generations.

Police actions tie in with citizens’ expectations 

Dutch people largely agree with police actions and the way the police operate. In 2011, a vast majority of 60 to 70 percent in the population supported the police in their actions last year and thought the police safeguard values they regard as important. Only one in ten disagreed.

Public support for the police (propositions), 2011

Public support for the police (propositions), 2011

Critical attitude towards police

Despite the wide public support, it is not self-evident that people are always loyal to the police. Only few people in the Netherlands never question police actions and support them through thick and thin. A majority in the population think they should obey police orders and follow their instructions. The percentage of people who think it is their duty to do as the police tells them is obviously higher than those who disagree.

Loyalty towards police (propositions), 2011

Loyalty towards police (propositions), 2011

Support and loyalty most common in older population

Over-65s are most law-abiding. Loyalty to the police is also highest in this age category. The difference  between over-65a and 15 to
25- year-olds is considerable. There is hardly any difference between men and women or city-dwellers and villagers with respect to support and loyalty.

Support and loyalty towards the police by age, 2011

Support and loyalty towards the police by age, 2011

Math Akkermans