The Assessment of the Local Security Policy Efficiency
Purpose: The purpose of this article is to assess the local security efficiency across the districts of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian province in northern Poland. The authors are looking for an answer to the following questions: does the local security policy live up to its expectations, i.e., do citizens feel safe at their place of their residence, and how do they assess the individual components of the local security system? How do residents perceive local security depending on their place of residence across the Kuyavian-Pomeranian province? Design/Methodology/Approach: In order to achieve the goal of the research, the authors conducted a survey employing a sample of 4500 residents of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian province. Based on the survey findings and using linear ordering methods, a ranking of districts of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian province was compiled. Findings: There are significant discrepancies between the subjective assessment of local security efficiency by the residents and its objective evaluation conducted with indicators. Generally, the residents of the districts of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian province are much more content with the local security system than implied by traditional indicators. Practical Implications: The findings of the research are of great significance to local authorities as they allow them to design the systems of local development management more effectively by taking account of the residents’ opinions on the individual components of the security system. Originality/Value: The research was conducted on a relatively extensive group of respondents. The presented findings proved the usefulness of the multidimensional analysis and linear ordering methods in the assessment of local security policy efficiency.