'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. 

Speakers included Professor Ben Bradford (UCL Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science) and 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.


The event was organised by Professor Ross Deuchar, University of the West of Scotland (Ross.Deuchar@uws.ac.uk) and Dr Sara Grace, University of Salford (s.k.grace@salford.ac.uk)