English title: Trust in Police by Slovenian Law and Criminal Justice and Security Students

Author(s): Gorazd Meško - Rok Hacin - Katja Eman -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2014

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to explore criminal justice students’ and law students’ trust in the police and factors related to trusting the police. The data were collected using a web-survey on a convenient sample of law students and criminal justice and security students. The data were analysed by descriptive and multivariate statistical methods. The findings imply that variables procedural justice, police effectiveness, police authority and legal cynicism have impact on trust in police. Furthermore, regression analysis shows that for law students the variables police authority, procedural justice, police effectiveness, distributive justice, deterrence and legal cynicism significantly predict trust in police. Regression analysis for criminal justice students implies that variables police authority, police effectiveness, and procedural justice significantly predict trust in police. Results of discriminant analysis imply that law students more positively respond on variables about life goals and moral credibility. Mean values of the variables police authority, trust in police, legal cynicism, and procedural justice by criminal justice students are higher than those by law students. The article presents the foundation for further research on student’s perception of trust in the police in Slovenia and includes several suggestions on how to improve their trust in police.

Volume: 16

Issue: 4

From page no: 471

To page no: 491

Refereed: Yes

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Journal: Varstvoslovje