Policing ethnic minority groups with procedural justice: An empirical study

Murphy, Kristina and Cherney, Adrian (2010). Policing ethnic minority groups with procedural justice: An empirical study. Working paper no. 2 , , Alfred Deakin Research Institute.

Author Murphy, Kristina
Cherney, Adrian
Title Policing ethnic minority groups with procedural justice: An empirical study
Institution Alfred Deakin Research Institute
Series Working paper no. 2
Publication date 2010-04
Publisher Alfred Deakin Research Institute, Deakin University
Editor Kristina Murphy
Start page 5
End page 21
Total pages 17
Language eng
Subject 940499 Justice and the Law not elsewhere classified
949999 Law, Politics and Community Services not elsewhere classified
970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
160205 Police Administration, Procedures and Practice
160206 Private Policing and Security Services
160299 Criminology not elsewhere classified
Abstract/Summary Public cooperation with police is essential for the effective management of crime and disorder in our society. Understanding factors that shape public cooperation with the police is therefore important. However, Australian and international studies show that police find it difficult to elicit cooperation from ethnic communities, this made difficult by the fact that ethnic groups display low levels of trust and confidence in the police. This study examines the role that procedural justice might play in fostering minority group perceptions of police legitimacy and their willingness to cooperate with police officers. The study uses survey data collected from Australian citizens and tests whether procedurally fair policing can enhance public cooperation among ethnic minority group members. Results indicate that cooperation appears to be mediated by people's perceptions of police legitimacy. The findings have implications for theories of cooperation, as well as for determining how the police can foster better relationships with ethnically diverse communities..
Keyword Ethnic minority
Indigenous population
Police effectiveness
Police legitimacy
Diverse communities

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