The role of procedural justice in the work of the police

  • Vince Vári NUPS
Keywords: legitimacy, procedural justice, police, performance measurement, trust


Procedural justice is essentially an inherent part of every police action. It is a dynamic coefficient, a shaper of legitimacy and trust, and an elementary determinant of community satisfaction with the police. In my study, I intend to present the results of the most significant empirical research on procedural justice. I shed light on the significant correlation between procedural justice and the legitimate operation of the police. In the study, I will conditionally address the research methodology used to examine the existence or absence of procedural justice. The relationship between the police organization's internal systems, especially the fairness of the distribution system, is also an important criterion to address this in my study. Just as procedural justice affects a citizen’s police relationship, so ethical, legitimate policing is in close nexus with the police’s organizational culture and the enforcement of internal procedural justice. These are essentially called “feedback loops,” that is, the enforcement of procedural truth within a police organization can indirectly carry greater social support; however, they may also appear negatively, adversely affecting the organization's performance. Therefore, procedural justice elements must appear in the measurement of the efficiency of a police organization, just as special attention should be paid to the structure of police training.


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