Trust in police is foundational to the capacity for police to do their job well. When people trust police they are more likely to cooperate, comply with directives and obey the law. Research in the US and the UK suggest that trust in police (including the implicit belief that police are effective and procedurally just) varies significantly across different neighbourhoods. In this paper we examine the neighbourhood context of trust in police across 149 suburbs in Melbourne, Australia. We find that perceptions of trust, procedural justice and police effectiveness are generally high, and do not vary a great deal across neighbourhoods in Melbourne. We conclude that city-level contextual factors and the unique structure of Australian policing help explain these findings.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||The Australia & New Zealand Society of Evidence Based Policing|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
- procedural justice
- police effectiveness
- trust in police