Promoting a culture of fairness: Police training, procedural justice and compliance

E. Sargeant1*, E. Antrobus2

1 School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University
2 School of Social Science, University of Queensland

*Corresponding author: e.sargeant@griffith.edu.au

Procedural justice is a “hot topic” in studies of policing in Australia and throughout the world. A large body of research finds that when police treat citizens with procedural justice, citizens are more willing to cooperate and comply with the police. Increasingly scholars are turning this model inward, applying the procedural justice framework to policing organisations. It is argued that the dynamics and culture of policing organisations can be better understood using this framework. In this study we build on recent research in the US and the UK to examine the procedural justice model within a policing organisation in Australia. We capitalise on data collected in a unique, longitudinal study of police recruits. Specifically we consider the way that organisational training may impact upon the belief that police supervisors are procedurally just, which in turn, is expected to promote both hard and soft compliance with police supervisors. We discuss our results in the context of the organizational justice literature.

Biography

Elise Sargeant is a Lecturer in Criminology at Griffith University’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Elise received her PhD in Criminology in 2012 from The University of Queensland. Her major research interests include perceptions of police, policing, and the nexus between policing and the neighbourhood context of crime and deviance. Elise currently serves as an Executive Councillor on the board of the American Society of Criminology Division of Experimental Criminology and as an editorial board member of Sage Open and the International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice.

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