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Encouraging public cooperation and support for police


Murphy, K and Hinds, L and Fleming, Jenny, Encouraging public cooperation and support for police, Policing and Society, 18, (2) pp. 136-155. ISSN 1043-9463 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/10439460802008660


This paper explores how to increase public cooperation and support for police. To date, only a few studies have attempted to explore the role that procedural justice plays in shaping the public's willingness to assist police in crime control. The present study explores this much neglected field of research using both crosssectional survey data and panel data. The study finds that views about police legitimacy do influence public cooperation with the police, and that those who view the police as more legitimate are more likely to assist police to control crime. The key antecedent of legitimacy is procedural justice; those who are more likely to believe police use procedural justice in their dealings with the public are more likely to perceive police as legitimate.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:procedural justice, cooperation, legitimacy, policing
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:Fleming, Jenny (Professor Jenny Fleming)
ID Code:56183
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:191
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies
Deposited On:2009-03-31
Last Modified:2013-03-18
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