skip navigation


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 Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. 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: 229218 Find in a Library
Title: Public Cooperation with the Police in Ghana: Does Procedural Fairness Matter?
Journal: Criminology  Volume:47  Issue:4  Dated:November 2009  Pages:1265-1294
Author(s): Justice Tankebe
Date Published: November 2009
Page Count: 30
Sponsoring Agency: British Academy
London, W1V 0NS, England
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study explored whether, and to what extent, the Tylerian model (police procedural fairness as an explanation for public compliance with the law) could explain public willingness to cooperate with the police in Ghana.
Abstract: The findings show that the Sunshine-Tyler legitimacy scale combined two subscales that measured trustworthiness and obligation to obey police directives, lacks empirical validity in the Ghanaian context. In Ghana, people's expressions of obligation to obey police directives did not seem to have any statistically significant relationship with their views of police trustworthiness. The evidence presented in this study about the Sunshine-Tyler legitimacy scale suggests that it is crucial for procedural justice researchers to take the grounds for consent seriously to avoid a connection of police legitimacy and feelings of obligation to obey police directives. Tom R. Tyler and his colleagues explored several important dimensions of procedural justice. One of the many important features of Tylerian literature was strong evidence that assessments of police procedural fairness were powerful and independent explanations of public compliance with the law, lower rates of reoffending, and public willingness to empower and cooperate with legal authorities. The purpose of this study was to test the applicability of the Tylerian procedural justice arguments to Ghana, and explore what factors were more likely to shape public cooperation with the Ghana police using data collected from a general survey of Accra residents. Figure, tables, references, and appendix
Main Term(s): Police-citizen interactions
Index Term(s): Police community relations; Police effectiveness; Police research; Public Opinion of the Police
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.