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Police legitimacy: Avoiding hard-power traps in policing

When a community’s belief that police will be fair and respectful diminishes, so too does the legitimacy of policing itself, and the result can be slide into broken relations and the ‘harder’ use of police powers; criminologist Professor Mike Hough of Birkbeck, University of London explores how procedural justice theory can explain these interactions – and hopefully offer a route back to more effective community relations.

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