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4/20/2021                                                               

Statewide Polling Results:

Texans Overwhelmingly Approve of Local Law Enforcement

6 out of 10 Texans Concerned Reforms Could Make their Communities LESS Safe

 

AUSTIN, TX – Today, the Texas Municipal Police Association, the Texas Fraternal Order of Police, the Dallas Police Association the Houston Police Officers’ Union, and the Harris County Deputies’ Organization released the results of a statewide poll of likely voters that reveal overwhelmingly favorable opinions of their local law enforcement, support for more police officers on the street and higher budgets for police departments, and concerns that law enforcement reforms being considered by the Texas Legislature could make their communities less safe.

The statewide poll of likely Texas voters conducted from March 22–24 by Cygnal found:

  • 72.3 percent have a favorable opinion of local law enforcement.
  • 58.1 percent want their local police force budget to be increased.
  • 63.2 percent want more police officers on the street.
  • 60.3 percent are concerned the reforms could make their city or town less safe.
  • 46.8 percent believe Texas is less safe than it was 5-10 years ago.

“The results of the survey are clear: A vast majority of Texans have a favorable opinion of their local law enforcement, they want more officers on the ground and larger local police budgets,” said Kevin Lawrence, Executive Director of the Texas Municipal Police Association.

Lawrence added, “The TMPA, the Texas Fraternal Order of Police, the Dallas Police Association and the Houston Police Officers’ Union share the concerns of Texans who believe reforms being considered by the Texas Legislature could make their communities LESS safe. We will continue to work closely with lawmakers to ensure reforms protect the public and our brave law enforcement officers.”

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Media Contact:
Katie Montgomery
(512) 621-5491
katie.montgomery@tmpa.org

About TMPA: The Texas Municipal Police Association (TMPA) is the Voice of Texas Law Enforcement. TMPA was founded in 1950 and has protected the interests of law enforcement officers ever since. As the largest law enforcement association in Texas, TMPA is proud to represent more than 30,000 local, county and state law enforcement officers across Texas.