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Procedural justice and the police's use of personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic

Thesis type
(Thesis) M.A.
Date created
2021-07-20
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Abstract
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in new responsibilities for police while also introducing new accoutrements by way of personal protective equipment (PPE). This thesis examines the effects of such changes and the role of procedural justice as it relates to public assessments of police and willingness to cooperate with police during the pandemic. As part of the thesis, participants rated images of a police officer using different items of PPE on the dimensions of procedural justice and then answered survey questions about the police more broadly. The findings indicate that participants' perceptions of procedural justice are positively related to their assessments of police and willingness to cooperate with police. The findings also indicate that participants' perceptions of procedural justice can be impacted by the police's use of PPE. The thesis discusses the important practical implications of such findings for police who must continue to manage public perceptions while providing service.
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etd21472
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Thesis advisor: Simpson, Rylan
Language
English
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