WISCONSIN, (WAOW) -- A public opinion survey on local policing in Wisconsin was published on Wednesday.
The Wisconsin Professional Police Association's (WPPA) surveys findings strongly suggested public support for law enforcement was ticking back up, after a small dip during the nationwide protests and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nearly 80% of Wisconsinites of all races said they approve of the way local police forces handle their job.
70% said Wisconsin has seen an increase in violent crime over the past year.
WPPA officials said the survey helps bring conversation.
"We use the results as a kind of platform to go around the state and try to facilitate informed dialogue about policing," said Jim Palmer, Executive Director of WPPA.
He said the survey results help influence state policies and reforms.