Aims:
  • This systematic review investigated what is known about legitimate policing and programs that facilitate legitimacy in policing at the micro (individual, e.g. victim, citizen) and macro (community, e.g. group gathering) levels.
  • Results from this meta-analytic review provided evidence for policy-makers and policing agencies to:
  • Implement modes of delivery that advance citizen perceptions of legitimacy
  • Provide police with evidence-based models to assist them in performing their duties, and
  • Improve citizen compliance and enhance the public’s perceptions with respect to their responsibilities.
Policy Impact:
  • The results of this systematic review have been presented to research and policy communities internationally. Dissemination of the review itself has begun, and will be of great value to researchers and policy makers.

Systematic Review of Legitimacy in Policing

The Research, Analysis and Information Unit (RAI) of the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) have identified ‘the procedural justice thesis’ as an important development in policing research with plans to replicate US research in a UK context. To facilitate their research agenda, the Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security (CEPS) undertook a Campbell Collaboration systematic review of legitimacy in policing.

Project Value: 
$111 742.00
Funding: 
CEPS, George Mason University, UK National Policing Improvement Agency
Time status: 
Complete
Contact: 
Professor Lorraine Mazerolle (l.mazerolle@uq.edu.au)
Aims:
  • This systematic review investigated what is known about legitimate policing and programs that facilitate legitimacy in policing at the micro (individual, e.g. victim, citizen) and macro (community, e.g. group gathering) levels.
  • Results from this meta-analytic review provided evidence for policy-makers and policing agencies to:
  • Implement modes of delivery that advance citizen perceptions of legitimacy
  • Provide police with evidence-based models to assist them in performing their duties, and
  • Improve citizen compliance and enhance the public’s perceptions with respect to their responsibilities.
Publications and Reports: 

Crime Prevention Research Review No. 10: Legitimacy in Policing

Sargeant, E., Murphy, K., Davis, J. & Mazerolle, L. (2012) Legitimacy and policing. In T. Prenzler (Ed.) Policing and security in practice: Challenges and achievements (p. 20-36). London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Mazerolle, L., Bennett, S., Davis, J., Sargeant, E. & Manning, M. (forthcoming) Procedural justice an police legitimacy: A systematic review of the research evidence, Journal of Experimental Criminology.

Program/Affiliation: 
Type: 
Quantitative
Keywords: 
Legitimacy
Resilience