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International study rates Jamaican's trust in police, levels low

Published:Thursday | June 18, 2015 | 1:54 PM

An international study has found that as many as one in four Jamaicans do not trust the police.

The study done by the Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP) asked Jamaicans to what extent they trusted members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

Jamaicans were asked to rate their level of trust on a scale from one to seven, with one being not at all and seven being a lot. 

More than half of the respondents gave responses of between one and three showing they had a low level of trust in the police.

And more than a quarter of Jamaicans said they don’t trust the police at all.

Meanwhile, the same 2014 study says that half of the population sees security as the main problem for the country.

The study says that though crime is a national problem it is unevenly spread across communities and has increased fear in areas where crime is new.