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Qld police have high satisfaction, low integrity perception

A REPORT into policing in Australia has found Queenslanders are more satisfied with their police service than any other state or territory, but it has one of the lowest perceptions of integrity.

In contrast, NSW police had one of the highest perceptions of integrity, but public satisfaction was only slightly above the Australian average.

The Productivity Commission report on government services found 78.6% of people in Queensland were satisfied with the services Queensland police provided.

But the perception of the police integrity in Queensland was lower than in all states and territories except South Australia and the Northern Territory.

In comparison, NSW had the second-highest perception of police integrity but the satisfaction with their services was 77.6% - only slightly above the Australian average of 77.5%.

NSW Police acting commissioner Catherine Burn said the report was a challenge for police to "keep the momentum going".

"Policing is a difficult and often confronting job," she said.

"We always seek to do that job well and improve what we do. The figures show how we have applied ourselves, putting us above the national average in most categories.

"That's a huge pat on the back for every police officer, but it also throws out a challenge. Let's keep that momentum going.

"Of course we will have our critics, but when you get independently commissioned data reflecting such a positive community view of our work, it lifts the spirits of our officers."

Ms Burn said building trust was vital for police to do their job.

"Trust breeds the confidence to call police and let us know about crime and criminal activity. Information from the community is absolutely vital for police to be able to solve and prevent crime," she said.

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