skip navigation

Add your conference to our Justice Events calendar


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the NCJRS Abstracts Database. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.

  NCJ Number: NCJ 246272     Find in a Library
  Title: Legitimacy and Procedural Justice: The New Orleans Case Study
  Document URL: PDF 
  Editor(s): Craig Fischer
  Corporate Author: Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)
United States of America
  Date Published: 03/2014
  Page Count: 46
  Annotation: This report summarizes lessons learned about legitimacy and procedural justice from the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) case study.
  Abstract: Findings show that the NOPD Superintendent’s work in New Orleans, as well as his prior work in policing going back decades, demonstrates that long before legitimacy and procedural justice became terms of art in policing, some chiefs were striving to bring to their departments many qualities that contribute to legitimacy and procedural justice. These qualities include: transparency in which members of the public cannot make informed judgments about their local police unless the police provide information about what they are doing; accountability since residents of a community will not trust their police if the police seem distant, uncaring, uninformed, or otherwise removed from the daily concerns of the residents; commitment to achieving public confidence in that police initiatives are based on hard facts, and data driven policing; honesty and integrity in the force which demands strict policies against any type of lying by officers, and strong systems for investigating corruption; and “internal” legitimacy where police chiefs who strive to treat officers fairly, rewarding hard work and initiative, and giving officers opportunities to advance in their careers will promote external legitimacy as well.
  Main Term(s): Police casework
  Index Term(s): Case studies ; Procedures ; Police policies and procedures ; Criminal procedures ; Police procedures training ; BJA grant-related documents ; Louisiana
  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
  To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.