Community norms, procedural justice, and the public’s perceptions of police legitimacy

Antrobus, Emma, Bradford, Ben, Murphy, Kristina and Sargeant, Elise (2015) Community norms, procedural justice, and the public’s perceptions of police legitimacy. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, 31 2: 151-170. doi:10.1177/1043986214568840

Author Antrobus, Emma
Bradford, Ben
Murphy, Kristina
Sargeant, Elise
Title Community norms, procedural justice, and the public’s perceptions of police legitimacy
Journal name Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1043-9862
Publication date 2015-05-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1043986214568840
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 31
Issue 2
Start page 151
End page 170
Total pages 20
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Subject 3308 Law
Abstract A significant body of research has demonstrated the importance of procedurally fair policing in fostering citizens’ feelings of obligation to obey the police. A handful of recent studies have begun to explore the role of community processes within this relationship. They show perceptions of police use of procedural justice, and their consequences can vary according to community context. The present study utilizes data collected within a randomized controlled trial of procedural justice in policing, the Queensland Community Engagement Trial (QCET). We find perceived community norms about obeying the police are strongly associated with individuals’ own feelings of obligation to obey police. Moreover, this relationship holds net of individual assessments of police. Second, procedurally just policing appears to have a greater effect on the obligation to obey police for those who believe others in their community feel less obligated to obey the police. Results demonstrate that one’s ties to the community can therefore moderate the associations between procedural justice and the obligation to obey police. The findings are interpreted within a social-psychological framework.
Keyword Procedural justice
Community norms
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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