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A leap of faith? Trust in the police among migrants in England and Wales

Bradford, B. and Sargeant, E. and Murphy, T. and Jackson, J. (2017) A leap of faith? Trust in the police among migrants in England and Wales. British Journal of Criminology, 57 (2). pp. 381-401. ISSN 0007-0955

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Identification Number: 10.1093/bjc/azv126

Abstract

It is often assumed that immigrants in countries such as the United Kingdom will report lower levels of trust in the police. Immigrant communities are thought ‘difficult to police’, and minority groups frequently experience problematic relationships with police. Yet, there has been little empirical investigation of this issue in the United Kingdom. In this paper, data from the Crime Survey of England and Wales are used to explore the relationship between immigration and trust in the police. Results suggest that trust is higher among immigrants than among the UK-born population, although there is important variation by time since arrival and experience of policing. Trust in the police is also higher in neighbourhoods that have more immigrants. The paper concludes with some reflection on the nature of trust in the police.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://bjc.oxfordjournals.org/
Additional Information: © 2015 The Authors
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Departments > Methodology
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2015 11:24
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2017 16:36
Projects: ES/L011611/1
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/64678

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