The Bel Air Board of Town Commissioners indicated that they are "extremely proud of our Police Department's efforts and commitment to exceptional community policing which is clearly supported by these survey results."
The results from the survey clearly show that the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, Aberdeen Police Department, Bel Air Police Department, and the Havre de Grace Police Department receive very high grades from the residents of the County and those three communities. An 87% overwhelming majority of county residents said they are satisfied with the job done providing public safety services to county residents (54% “very satisfied).” An 89% majority of Whites, 79% of Blacks, 88% of Hispanics and 93% of other races also said they were satisfied overall.
Moreover, a 68% solid majority of county residents offered a very positive rating of “excellent” (37%) or “very good” (31%) for the job done by the Sheriff’s Office or their Police Department in protecting and promoting public safety in their community, with another 20% offering a “good” rating, and 9% offering a rating of “fair” or “poor.” When the excellent, very good and good ratings are combined, an 88% majority of all respondents, 90% of Whites, 84% of Blacks, 83% of Hispanics and 71% of other races offered a total positive rating.
Also, it is worth noting that when asked to rate the job that Harford County, Aberdeen, Bel Air or Havre de Grace does in providing basic services to residents, 59% offered a positive rating of “excellent” (30%) or “very good” (29%), with another 24% offering a “good” rating and 9% offering a “negative” rating of “fair” or “poor.” County residents said they are satisfied by 28 points more with the job done providing public safety services than the positive rating offered for the job their county government, or their local government, has done providing basic services. Respondents also offered a 9-point higher rating for the job the Sheriff’s Office or local Police Department does in protecting and promoting public safety. When the excellent, very good and good ratings are combined, 83% of all respondents, 83% of Whites, 79% of Blacks, 88% of Hispanics and 79% of other races offered a total positive rating.
Survey respondents said by a nearly unanimous 98% throughout Harford County that they felt safe in their community, including 64% saying they felt “very safe.” The lowest total percent saying they felt safe were residents of Aberdeen at 95%, followed by 96% of Southern Harford County, 98% of Northern Harford County, 98% of Bel Air, 100% of Central Harford County and 100% of Havre de Grace residents. A 97% majority of Whites, 99% of Blacks, 96% of Hispanics and 100% of other races said they felt safe in their communities.
Harford County Police Community Survey on Public Safety and Law Enforcement