A key role for the Policing Board and District Policing Partnerships is to engage directly with the public on policing matters, and to gauge public views on policing. This includes surveys on satisfaction levels with police patrols in local areas. In April 2009 the Policing Board published results of its Omnibus Survey ‘Public perceptions of the police, DPPs and the Northern Ireland Policing Board’. This survey found that 42 per cent. of respondents were very/fairly satisfied with the levels of police patrols in their local area.