Language Diversity and Social Cohesion: The Support of Police in North West Wales
The first questionnaire study with undergraduate students at Bangor University showed that those students who prefer to speak Welsh in a variety of daily situations, e.g. with family, the family doctor and in shops, also had less trust in the UK police. This result stands even when taking into account other factors. The follow up study, addressing North Walians in various community groups, further investigates the issues but this time focuses on trust in North Wales Police. Preference to speak Welsh comes up as strongest factor for support of the local force. Tellingly, respondents expressing positive feelings for the English flag tended to distrust the local Welsh police. Trust in the police thus reflects issues of language and identity politics. Our study, however, suggests ways how an institution can actively address these issues and bridge the divide.