Promoting trust in police: findings from a randomised experimental field trial of procedural justice policing

Murphy, Kristina, Mazerolle, Lorraine and Bennett, Sarah (2014) Promoting trust in police: findings from a randomised experimental field trial of procedural justice policing. Policing and Society, 24 4: 405-424. doi:10.1080/10439463.2013.862246

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Author Murphy, Kristina
Mazerolle, Lorraine
Bennett, Sarah
Title Promoting trust in police: findings from a randomised experimental field trial of procedural justice policing
Journal name Policing and Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1043-9463
1477-2728
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10439463.2013.862246
Volume 24
Issue 4
Start page 405
End page 424
Total pages 20
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This paper reports findings from the world's first randomised experimental field trial of procedural justice policing. We tested whether or not procedural justice could be used by police agencies during short, routine traffic stops to increase public trust and confidence in police. Using survey data from 2762 Australian drivers who had been exposed to either a procedural justice script (experimental condition) or a standard police procedure (control condition), it was found that trust and confidence in police was higher in the experimental condition. This was even the case after respondents' demographic background and general perceptions of police were taken into account. Similar effects were not found for drivers' obligation to obey police, nor their willingness to cooperate with police. Importantly, however, trust in police did predict both obligation to obey police and the willingness to cooperate with police. The findings have important implications for procedural justice research and policing practice.
Keyword Procedural justice
Trust
Policing
Experimental design
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 3 December 2013

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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