Change in Police Organizations – Towards a Top Down/Bottom Up Strategy
The police are the most public face of the state (Marenim 1996; Grant et al. 2006). The treatment that people receive from the police is often a reflection of the fairness of government, and particularly the criminal justice system (Tyler and Wakslak, 2004) Years of research on legitimacy has demonstrated that the more that citizens have faith in the police, the more they are likely to comply with the rules and laws of society. Of course, in many developing countries, treatment by the police can also reflect the extent to which the government supports the rule of law itself. Without professional policing, the chances of building a culture supportive of the rule of law, or a culture of lawfulness, becomes unlikely or extremely difficult (Grant et al. 2014).
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