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Public confidence in policing: a neo-Durkheimian perspective

Jackson, Jonathan ORCID: 0000-0003-2426-2219 and Sunshine, Jason (2007) Public confidence in policing: a neo-Durkheimian perspective. British Journal of Criminology, 47 (2). pp. 214-233. ISSN 0007-0955

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Public confidence in policing has received much attention in recent years, but few studies outside of the United States have examined the sociological and social–psychological processes that underpin trust and support. This study, conducted in a rural English location, finds that trust and confidence in the police are shaped not by sentiments about risk and crime, but by evaluations of the values and morals that underpin community life. Furthermore, to garner public confidence, the police must be seen first to typify group morals and values and second to treat the public with dignity and fairness. All these findings are consistent with the perspective that people are Durkheimian in their attitudes towards crime, policing and punishment—a perspective developed here in this paper.

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Additional Information: © 2006 The Authors
Divisions: Methodology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2008 13:15
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2024 19:48

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