Trust in the German Police: Determinants and Consequences for Reporting Behavior.

Nathalie Guzy, Helmut Hirtenlehner

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According to Tyler's procedural justice theory, public trust in or perceived legitimacy of the police plays a central role in enhancing citizens' cooperation with this institution. Reporting a crime to the police marks one important form of public cooperation. This chapter examines the interrelationships between personal experiences with the police, various dimensions of trust in the police, and victims' reporting behaviors, based on a large–scale victimization survey from Germany. Results provide partial support for the hypothesized relationships, but also reveal dangerous pitfalls when approaching this issue with data collected in standard victimization surveys.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTrust and Legitimacy in Criminal Justice
Subtitle of host publicationEuropean Perspectives
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9783319098135
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


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