Griffiths, CE (2017) The Disjuncture Between Confidence And Cooperation: Police Contact amongst Polish Migrants and Established Residents. European Journal of Criminology, 15 (2). pp. 197-216. ISSN 1477-3708

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Trust and confidence in such criminal justice institutions as the police is considered crucial for the successful functioning of society and to allow for greater voluntary compliance and cooperation with institutions of control. There is a plethora of existing research however that shows the often strained relationships between the police and particular ethnic minority groups in the UK, Europe and the US, with such groups exhibiting a great deal of mistrust and lack of cooperation. This article aims to add to this body of literature by presenting the findings of a case study that used quantitative and qualitative methods to explore new Polish migrants' and established local residents' trust and cooperation with the police following a period of mass migration in a small working class town in the North West of England. The key results show that, contrary to expectation, Polish migrants in fact hold greater trust in the police than do the more established local residents in the area. Notwithstanding this high confidence, Polish migrants remain reluctant to contact the police. Adding greater complexity to Tyler's (2006; Tyler and Fagan, 2008) 'normative' model of police contact, the article presents the nuances of police relations with majority and minority groups in this working class town.

Item Type: Article
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Polish immigrants, police, trust, cooperation, procedural justice
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV1 Criminology
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Science and Public Policy
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2017 09:10
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2021 16:39

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