National Sheriffs' Association Law Enforcement Priorities Survey
Top Priorities for Law Enforcement
Most Americans consider preventing and investigating violent crimes and enforcing criminal traffic laws as top priorities for local law enforcement in their communities.
- Nine in ten Americans assign high priority to preventing and investigating violent crimes, while just 2 percent believe that this enforcement activity should be given low priority.
- Close to two-thirds of respondents believe that enforcing criminal traffic laws should be a top priority for law enforcement. Nearly one-third gave moderate priority to this activity, while 4 percent showed low concern.
- Enforcement of immigration laws is deemed a high priority among two in five respondents, while just over a quarter attach low priority to immigration enforcement.
- Compared to the other activities outlined in the study, enforcing a ban on menthol cigarettes is not a pressing matter to most Americans. Less than one in five (18 percent) respondents prioritize the enforcement of a menthol cigarette ban, while a majority places low priority on this activity.
- In terms of smoking behavior, smokers and non-smokers largely agree on what should constitute the top priorities for local law enforcement. Nine in ten smokers and non-smokers view violent crime prevention as a top concern for police, while around two-thirds attach high priority to enforcing criminal traffic laws.
- At the same time, the two segments diverge on the value of enforcing laws concerning menthol cigarettes. Non-smokers are nearly twice as likely to prioritize a menthol ban as smokers, 21 percent to 12 percent.
- Meanwhile, smokers place a higher priority on enforcing immigration laws and preventing and investigation less crimes than do non-smokers.