Indices Characterizing Actions of Law Enforcement Agencies in The Republic of Armenia (2016)February 23, 2017 Own, Report
It is already the 2nd survey, and the report covers comparative analysis of the indices of 2015 and 2016.
The law enforcement arbitrariness index reflects the public sense of insecurity from the arbitrary i.e. unlawful actions of the police, prosecutor’s office and the judiciary. It includes the ‘Citizens’ Concern Index’, ‘Personal Concern Index’ and ‘Personal Security Index’.
The Police Trust Index reflects the attitude and trust in the police and the sense of satisfaction with their work and the degree of willingness for citizen-police cooperation. The index is based on 3 components: ‘Evaluation of Police Activity’, ‘Attitude to the Police’ and ‘Willingness to Cooperate with the Police’.
The indices are presented within the range: -100-100.
According to the respondents, in 2016 the law enforcement arbitrariness index decreased by 7 points, as compared to that of 2015.
By marzes (regions), the law enforcement arbitrariness index decreased to a greater extent (i.e. the level of police arbitrariness towards citizens increased) in the marzes of Lori, Armavir and Ararat and increased (i.e. the level of police arbitrariness decreased) in the marzes of Syunik and Tavush.
According to the findings of the 2016 survey, the persons most vulnerable to the law enforcement arbitrariness are the representatives of male residents of urban communities aged 36-60 with post-graduate education perceiving themselves as socially disadvantaged.
As compared to the findings of 2015, the picture differs only in the features of age (over 55 years) and education (incomplete higher, higher and post-graduate /academic degree/).
In 2016, the level of citizens’ perception of the authorities using the police as a measure against their political opponents rose.
The law enforcement officers fulfilled their obligations in better faith towards the representatives of the economically secure social sector.
As for the police trust index, while it is in the positive range, it also decreased as compared to that of 2015.
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