The number of people who say they trust the police has reached a record high, with almost four in 10 saying they trust no one to protect them in the UK.
The latest Public Trust in Police survey found the number of British people saying they have confidence in the country’s police rose to 51 per cent, from 45 per cent in 2015.
That represents a 2.1 percentage point increase on the same period last year.
The survey of 1,001 people, conducted by ComRes for the Sunday Times, also found that one in three British adults said they believe the police are not doing enough to keep the country safe.
This is up from one in six last year and a record low for the survey, which was conducted in 2016.
The poll also found support for the government to introduce a so-called police pay cap to protect officers’ salaries was up five points to 59 per cent.
Support for police to be able to wear body cameras, improve the quality of policing and increase funding for community policing was also at a record level, with 62 per cent of respondents saying this was important for the police to do.
Theresa May is also set to announce a £100 million fund for police chiefs to provide extra funding for frontline policing, including for new equipment and training.
This follows a decision by the Home Office to set up a £250 million fund to support frontline policing.
A total of 3,200 police officers will receive a pay boost in the Budget to bring the total to £1.5 billion.
The government has also promised £100m extra funding to help local forces in England and Wales with the construction of new police stations, but it has yet to provide details.
The public’s confidence in police fell in 2016, with the proportion saying they were not confident about the police falling to 49 per cent from 56 per cent last year, according to the latest survey.
Overall, the trust in police increased by 2.5 percentage points to 57 per cent this year.
However, support for police was lowest in Wales, with just 25 per cent saying they trusted the police.
More than half of people surveyed in Wales (55 per cent) said they believed the police were not doing too much to protect the country from crime, while just 18 per cent said the same about the force in England.
A majority (52 per cent), meanwhile, thought the police did too little to protect people from crime.
The findings are based on a sample of 1.1 million people across the UK, taken between December 15 and February 16.
The figures include responses from 2,006 adults and were weighted to reflect the profile of the population.