Mini Poll: Police Reunion Tour?


Overall, how do you rate the job by the St. Louis police department?


They do a great job:
 45%
They do a fair job:
 49%
They do a poor job:
 6%

 


Overall, which is the best performing local police agency in the region?


The City police department:
 35%
The St. Louis County police department:
 41%
Missouri Highway Patrol:
 10%
Illinois State Police:
 1%
Some other local police agency:
 5%
The security department at my workplace or school:
 0%
They are all about the same:
 8%

 


Do you think that all members of the St. Louis police department should be required to live within the City limits?


Yes:
 45%
No, just the newest officers:
 5%
No, just the most veteran officers:
 0%
No, just the most senior officers:
 1%
No:
 49%

 


Do you support or oppose the creation of some sort of independent board of civilians that would review complaints made about the police by citizens?


Strongly support:
 6%
Generally support:
 8%
Generally oppose:
 25%
Strongly oppose:
 54%
It all depends on the board:
 7%

 


Overall, how do you rate the job done by the St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners, the citizens nominated by the Governor to direct the City's police department?


They do a great job:
 12%
They do a good job:
 43%
They do a fair job:
 32%
They do a poor job:
 11%
I have never even heard of them:
 2%

 


Imagine you're a Police Commissioner. Which of the following is the agenda item that would be at the top of your list as most important?


Create a civilian review board:
 2%
Put more officers out on patrol:
 63%
Create a new policy to require private events like Mardi Gras, Strassenfest, and the Annie Malone parade to pay the full cost of the security the police department provides them:
 14%
Eliminate the residency requirement for all department employees:
 3%
Set a policy that every phone call was returned within an hour:
 1%
Reinstate the residency requirement for all department employees:
 2%
Improve police pay substantially:
 12%
Some other issue:
 3%

 


Do you believe that the City should have control of its own police department, like most other cities in the country?


Yes:
 58%
No:
 42%

 


Do you believe that the Missouri General Assembly will vote to return control of the City's police department to the City's voters in the current legislative session?


Yes:
 8%
No:
 92%

 


How well does the St. Louis police department handle complaints about the actions of its officers?


Better than most other police departments:
 24%
About the same as most other police departments:
 60%
Worse than most other police departments:
 16%

 


If the Missouri General Assembly approved a bill to return control of the City police department to the City’s voters, do you believe that Governor Jay Nixon would sign the bill into law?


Yes, he would sign:
 18%
No, he would not sign:
 82%

 


Which would be the best way to add more police officers?


Cut other City services, like free trash pick-up and park maintenance:
 18%
Raise taxes to hire more police officers:
 28%
We really don't need to add more police officers, just use the ones we have better:
 54%

 


Which police agency should protect members of Congress when they are away from Washington, DC?


The local police department:
 43%
The state police:
 15%
The Capitol Police should expand their role:
 5%
Security should be paid for by the members themselves from campaign funds:
 18%
Members of Congress do not really need additional police protection:
 19%

 


Do you follow the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department (@slmpd) on Twitter?


Yes:
 8%
No:
 87%
No, but I will now:
 6%

 


What grade would you give to the police reporting by the local news media?


A:
 3%
B:
 13%
C:
 42%
D:
 19%
Fail:
 23%

 


Note: Due to rounding, results for some questions may not total 100%.