English title: Why Do the Finns Trust the Police?

Author(s): Juha Kääriäinen -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2008

Abstract

The level of public trust in the police in Finland has been found to be very high in international comparative studies. The purpose of the article is to explore how certain factors related to the quality and effectiveness of police work possibly explain the strong trust the Finnish public place in the police. The empirical data consist of results gained in Police Barometer 2005, which is a Finnish interview survey conducted to find out Finnish citizens' experiences of safety and of policing. The results of the survey show that the explanation for the good public trust in the police has to be searched for among broader social factors than the effectiveness of police work, the proximity of the police, or the quality of police work.

Volume: 9

Issue: 2

From page no: 141

To page no: 159

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1080/14043850802450294

Journal: Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention