Fostering cooperation with the police: How do ethnic minorities in Australia respond to procedural justice-based policing?

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Title Fostering cooperation with the police: How do ethnic minorities in Australia respond to procedural justice-based policing?
Author Murphy, Kristina; Cherney, Adrian
Journal Name Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd.
Abstract Public cooperation with police is essential for the control of crime and disorder. Hence, understanding factors that shape public cooperation with the police is important. However, Australian and international studies show that police find it difficult to elicit cooperation from ethnic communities, this made difficult by the fact that ethnic groups display low levels of trust and confidence in the police. This study examines the role that procedural justice plays in fostering minority group perceptions of police legitimacy and their willingness to cooperate with police. Using survey data collected from 1204 Australian citizens, this study tests whether procedurally fair policing can enhance perceptions of police legitimacy and nurture cooperation among ethnic minorities in Australia. Findings reveal that procedural justice predicts views of police legitimacy more so than instrumental factors for both minority and majority group members. The results also suggest that ethnicity moderates the effect of procedural justice on cooperation; specifically, procedural justice is shown to be less effective for nurturing cooperation among ethnic minorities than majority group members. A group identity perspective is used to explain these findings. The findings also have implications for how the police can foster better relationships with ethnically diverse communities.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0004865811405260
Volume 44
Issue Number 2
Page from 235
Page to 257
ISSN 0004-8658
Date Accessioned 2011-10-26
Date Available 2012-02-10T01:25:38Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Police Administration, Procedures and Practice
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/41907
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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