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NCJ Number: NCJ 246271     Find in a Library
Title: Legitimacy and Procedural Justice: A New Element of Police Leadership
  Document URL: PDF 
Author(s): Tom Tyler, Ph.D.
  Editor(s): Craig Fischer
Corporate Author: Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)
United States of America
Date Published: 03/2014
Page Count: 37
  Annotation: This paper discusses the concepts of legitimacy and procedural justice in the context of police leadership.
Abstract: This paper presents an argument that the concepts of legitimacy and procedural justice are essential elements of leadership in policing. It traces the development of the concepts of legitimacy and procedural justice from their roots, and examines why people do (or do not) obey the law and respect institutions of authority. Following are the major points discussed in this paper: recognizing the importance of community trust; legitimacy defined; procedural justice defined; the dependence on legitimacy for the success of policing; increasing legitimacy as an element of leadership in policing; the importance of “Internal” legitimacy and procedural justice; legitimacy and procedural justice as a criterion by which every police department is judged every day; legitimacy as a concept that police executives should integrate into their thinking about everything that a police department does; and how police can build legitimacy, sometimes without changing their basic approach to managing issues.
Main Term(s): Police community relations ; Leadership
Index Term(s): Police discretion ; Perception ; Community relations ; Police professionalism ; Community policing ; BJA grant-related documents
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 2009-DB-BX-K030
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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