Trust in the German Police

Mai Sato, Rita Haverkamp, Mike Hough

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The relative levels of trust in the police are explored, using data from the fifth round of the European Social Survey (ESS) which covered mainly 28 European countries. In this article, the position of Germany is examined within the international context. German trust in the police, for both German natives and ethnic minorities, for those 15 and over is high in comparison to other European countries. The article also tests if it is the fair treatment of citizens by the police, or the high value placed on rule adherence and conformity, that is driving the German citizen’s trust. It shows that the German police is trusted due to their perceived fairness, effectiveness and shared moral values, rather than on value placed on conformity to authority.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPolicing Civil Societies in Times of Economic Constraints
Subtitle of host publication2013 CEPOL European Police Research and Science Conference Münster, Germany, 11.-13. September 2013
EditorsDetlef Nogala, Gorazd Meško, Jean-Marie Fiquet, Joachim Kersten, Klaus Neidhardt, Thomas Görgen
Place of PublicationLuxembourg
PublisherEuropean Police College (CEPOL)
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventCEPOL European Police Research and Science Conference 2013 - Deutsche Hochschule der Polizei, Münster, Germany
Duration: 11 Sep 201313 Sep 2013
Conference number: 10th

Publication series

NameEuropean Police Science and Research Bulletin
PublisherEuropean Police College (CEPOL)
ISSN (Print)2443-7883
ISSN (Electronic)1831-1857


ConferenceCEPOL European Police Research and Science Conference 2013
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