Three pillars of police legitimacy: Procedural justice, use of force, and occupational culture

William Terrill, Eugene A. Paoline, Jacinta M. Gau

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    Abstract

    Purpose-This chapter seeks to illuminate the interconnectedness of procedural justice, use of force, and occupational culture in relation to police legitimacy. Methodology/approach-The authors review the existing literature and offer an integrated methodological approach that would better assist researchers in their quest to enhance police legitimacy. Findings-Using a systematic design that assesses police legitimacy from a variety of sources has the potential to help answer critical questions with regard to improving police practice. Originality/value-This is a novel study approach, which has yet to be implemented but which may offer great insight with respect to improving police legitimacy.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)59-76
    Number of pages18
    JournalSociology of Crime Law and Deviance
    Volume21
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2016

    Keywords

    • Occupational culture
    • Police legitimacy
    • Procedural justice
    • Use of force

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Cultural Studies
    • Sociology and Political Science
    • Law

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