Survey finds Albany city residents have trouble trusting police

August 14, 2019 06:25 PM

ALBANY - A vote of no confidence from Albany city residents when it comes to trusting the police.  That's what a survey released Tuesday by the Center for Law and Justice finds.

The survey was small and results ran along racial lines, but Center leaders say that's part of the problem.

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For starters, the survey was imperfect -- conducted with an online questionnaire as well as face to face with people at various, undisclosed community events.

In all, only 256 responses were considered. It's also not to be considered scientific and did not have a random sample.

Executive Director Alice Green acknowledges most respondents identified as Black or Latino - and many were living in one zipcode.

However, Green says the findings are still concerning.

For instance, when asked whether they agree or disagree that the Albany Police Department is trustworthy - about 32-percent agreed, but 53-percent did not.

When faced with a similar question as to the police department treating all people - read all races - with respect – 66-percent did not agree.

Hear more about the findings of the survey and Green's reaction - along with reaction from the Albany police chief, by watching the video of Jerry Gretzinger's story.

MORE INFORMATION: Read the full survey here.


Jerry Gretzinger & WNYT Staff

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