Do the citizens of Europe trust their police?

Barton, H. ORCID: 0000-0001-5693-584X and Beynon, M.J., 2015. Do the citizens of Europe trust their police? International Journal of Emergency Services, 4 (1), pp. 65-85. ISSN 2047-0894

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Purpose - The maintenance of public order and the control of crime are clearly amongst the primary objectives of global law enforcement agencies. An important antecedent to this is the consideration of public trust in their police force. The purpose of this paper is to utilise data from the 5th Round European Social Survey (ESS), to investigate how public social indicators may highlight the level of trust in a country’s police force. Design/methodology/approach – The results from the ESS are analysed using fuzzy-set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (fsQCA), multiply conjunctional causal configurations of the considered social indicators are then established and analysed. Findings - A consequence of using fsQCA, asymmetric causal configurations are identified for the relative high and low limiting levels of trust towards the police in the considered countries. The results offer novel insights into the relationship between social indicators and police trust, as well as expositing a nascent technique (fsQCA) that may offer future potential in this area. Originality/value – This paper introduces a novel technique to analyse a major European data set relating to citizens perceptions of the police. The findings might prove useful for policing organisations as they develop strategies to maintain/improve the level of trust and confidence of citizens in the policing services they provide.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Emergency Services
Creators: Barton, H. and Beynon, M.J.
Publisher: Emerald
Place of Publication: Bingley
Date: 2015
Volume: 4
Number: 1
ISSN: 2047-0894
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 11:16
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:54

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