Procedural Justice in Policing: Insights, Complexities and Future Priorities

5th December 2018

Procedural Justice in Policing: Insights, Complexities and Future Priorities

Procedural Justice in Policing: Insights, Complexities and Future Priorities

Wednesday, 5 December 2018,  Paisley Campus
University of the West of Scotland (UWS), Paisley, Scotland


SIPR was pleased to be the co-sponsor, with the British Society of Criminology, of this one-day symposium which brought together policing researchers and practitioners to share insights from research and practitioner inquiry on procedural justice in policing.

Recent emphasis on the need for ethical, rights-based approaches to policing, and the recognition that procedurally fair treatment can enhance perceptions of police legitimacy, means values such as fairness, integrity and respect have become embedded in the code of ethics of most contemporary police forces. However, the extent to and ways in which these values are routinely upheld, the complexities involved in upholding them and how well they are received by those who come into contact with law enforcement is less clear. 

The insights shared in this symposium will enable researchers and practitioners to reflect on some of the challenges associated with operationalising and upholding procedural justice in practice and the potential dichotomy between policy promises and policy products on the ground (Fyfe, 2016). By sharing insights from international research and from more local accounts of practice ‘on the ground’, delegates will gain an enhanced understanding of how best to enable procedural justice rhetoric to become reality and to ensure that rights-based policing comes more to the forefront of practice in the years to come.

Keynote Speakers:

Chief Inspector Ian Moffat (Police Scotland).  Ian has responsibility for leading on Police Scotland’s Policing Values and Professional ethics; a role  involving the national development of ethics work which underpins Police Scotland’s culture.  He is also leading on the development of Police Scotland’s approach to Rights Based Policing and has overseen the introduction and delivery of the Service’s Ethics Advisory Panels. Ian has over 26 years policing experience primarily in uniform front line policing, community policing and partnership working across Edinburgh and the Lothians. His operational grounding has influenced his interest in the link between delivering a police service that is relevant to the public and one that maintains public trust. Ian holds an Honours Degree from Abertay University and gained a Higher Diploma in Training and Development whilst working at the Scottish Police College where he delivered Community Safety Training for three years.

Professor Ben Bradford (UCL Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science).  Ben is Professor of Global City Policing at the Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime, UCL. He is also Director of the Institute for Global City Policing, an initiative joint funded by UCL, the Metropolitan Police Service and the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime to promote policing research in London. His research interests include trust, legitimacy, cooperation and compliance in justice settings, social identity as a factor shaping these processes, organizational justice, ethnic and other disparities in policing, and elements of public-facing police work such as neighbourhood policing and stop and search. Ben’s book, Stop and Search and Police Legitimacy, was published in 2017; he is also co-editor of the SAGE Handbook of Global Policing (2016); and co-author with Kevin Morrell of Policing and Public Management (2018).

The event was organised by Professor Ross Deuchar, University of the West of Scotland ( and Dr Sara Grace, University of Salford (


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Programme and Outputs


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Keynote: Chief Inspector Ian Moffatt, Police Scotland How the rubber hits the road; delivering a values-based police service in Scotland PowerPoint slides (pdf)



CHAIR: Dr Helen Wells, Keele University


Dr Sara Grace, University of Salford Examining the relationship between procedural justice and compliance in the night-time economy PowerPoint slides (pdf)

Dr Sarah Charman, University of Portsmouth Policing, Legitimacy and ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ PowerPoint slides (pdf)

Mark Manning, University of SuffolkWhy should I care about the public?’ PowerPoint slides (pdf)


CHAIR: Professor Ross Deuchar, University of the West of Scotland

Herval Almenoar, University of West London ‘Issues of Trust and Confidence in the Metropolitan Police Service from Ethnic Minority Groups in London. A Procedural Justice Approach’ PowerPoint slides (pdf)

Aastha Dahal, University of Cambridge Police Mediation of Spousal Violence in Nepal: Perceptions of Victims and Perpetrators PowerPoint slides (pdf)

Anthony Laird, University of Portsmouth Policing in Finland, Procedural Justice or Societal Norm? PowerPoint slides (pdf)

Amy Humphrey, University of Dundee ‘Missing’ Procedural Justice PowerPoint slides (pdf)



CHAIR: Dr Sara Grace, University of Salford

Dr Alistair Fildes, Griffith University  Adapting procedural justice skills into a Counter- Terrorist Stop & Search environment PowerPoint slides (pdf)

Dr Helen Wells, Keele University Procedural justice and technologically-mediated encounters: future-proofing the concept? PowerPoint slides (pdf)

Dr Liz Aston and Dr Yvonne Hail, Edinburgh Napier University  ‘Information sharing in community policing: procedural justice, technology and UNITY’ PowerPoint slides (pdf)


Keynote:  Professor Ben Bradford, UCL Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science Public responses to police use of force: The promise and the limits of ‘policing by consent’. PowerPoint slides (pdf)