Police and Community Relations Survey

In the wake of nationwide demonstrations for racial justice prompted by the murders of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and countless other Black individuals, Los Angeles has become a focal point for critical discussions around police and community relations.

StudyLA's Police and Community Relations Survey is a multi-year study that captures public opinion on issues of policing in the city of Los Angeles. Respondents are asked several questions that touch on the mission of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD): safeguard the lives and property of the people the LAPD serves; reduce the incidence and fear of crime; and enhance public safety while working with the diverse communities to improve quality of life. Several questions are asked from year to year to capture trends over time, and new questions are added every year to include current events and other emerging topics in the public discourse. 

2023 Data Release
Fernando J. Guerra, Ph.D. and Brianne Gilbert presented the results of the 2023 survey on Tuesday, September 12.

Survey Results


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    Data Brief


    • Survey of 1,751 adults in the city of Los Angeles
    • Minimum 400 respondents in each of the four LAPD bureaus
    • Margin of error is ±3% for the entire sample
    • Administered over the phone, online, and in person
    • Available in English, Spanish, Mandarin, and Korean

Select Media Hits

2023 Survey

89.3 LAist, AirTalk: Angelenos Express Support for LAPD in Some Areas, Concern in Others in New Survey

NBC4: New survey shows LA residents concerned, yet supportive of LAPD

NBC4: Survey results shows how community feels about LAPD

Telemundo 52: Residentes aseguran que sienten discriminación por parte de la policía de Los Ángeles

Telemundo 52: Revelan resultados de encuesta sobre la policía de Los Ángeles

KCRW, Greater LA: As LAPD budget rises, Melina Abdullah says LA needs new public safety system


2022 Survey

L.A. Times: Most Angelenos have favorable view of LAPD, despite lingering concerns around bias


2020 Survey

L.A. Times: Despite layoff threat, LAPD officers reject plan to raise $10 million for union war chest

NBC4 NewsConference: Angelenos Want a New LAPD, Study Finds

Fox News: Los Angeles police union targeting council members with billboards amid talk of budget cuts

L.A. Times: LAPD union seeks to raise $10 million to fight layoffs and help political allies in 2022

KNOCK LA: Study of Angelenos Finds Wide Support for “Bigger and Broader Changes” to Policing

LA Progressive: Garcetti, Where’s The Money?

L.A. Times: Survey finds many Angelenos approve of the LAPD, but also want some funding shifted

LAist, Take Two: How Does the Public Really Feel About LAPD?

LAist: Most Angelenos Support LAPD But Favor Reforms Like Community Policing, Unarmed Response

CBS Los Angeles: Survey Shows 30 Percent of Black Citizens Don’t Trust LAPD To “Do What’s Right”