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Community satisfaction with policing on Guam

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Howes, LM and Watson, D and Ryan, VA and Rivera, JJ and McNinch-Su, RL, Community satisfaction with policing on Guam, Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice pp. 1-19. ISSN 1043-9862 (2022) [Refereed Article]


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Abstract

Guam is a Pacific Island in Micronesia with a complex colonial history. Strategically located, Guam is an unincorporated territory of the United States and critical military asset. Policing on Guam is influenced by external stakeholders and budgetary limitations. Recently, a community policing model was introduced to better meet community needs and expectations. This study explored the relevance of predictors of satisfaction with police service provision in the Guamanian context. Residents of Guam (n = 701) participated in a survey that included demographic characteristics, community context, and police–citizen interactions. Satisfaction with police service provision was predicted by age and perceptions of procedural justice, police performance, and police legitimacy. Higher income predicted lower satisfaction. The findings highlight the importance of police legitimacy and related constructs for satisfaction with police service provision on Guam. Initiatives that focus on police performance and procedural justice may help improve satisfaction with police service provision on Guam.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Guam, Pacific Island countries and territories, policing, satisfaction with policing, community, procedural justice
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Police administration, procedures and practice
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Law enforcement
UTAS Author:Howes, LM (Dr Loene Howes)
UTAS Author:Ryan, VA (Ms Vanessa Ryan)
ID Code:150583
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2022-06-21
Last Modified:2022-06-22
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