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Every Contact Leaves a Trace: Procedural Justice in Action (practical applications of theory)

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A Production of the Global Collaboration of Evidence Based Policing in conjunction with Policing TV


In October 2022 the Global Collaboration of Evidence Based Policing broadcast a fully live studio-quality 24- hour continuous conference out of two hubs – Christchurch, New Zealand and London, United Kingdom.

The conference brought together world-leading criminologists from across the globe, academic thinkers, and police professionals from dozens of agencies, to look at the role that evidence, its legitimacy, and policing leadership have in everyday policing – shaping “exceptional” policing, the evidence-based way.

The Global Collaboration of Evidence Based Policing has now teamed-up with Policing TV to bring the best of the conference material to a wider audience.

Supported by SAS

Chair: Detective Inspector Mike Newman, Queensland Police Service

Professor Lorraine Mazerolle, University of Queensland

Dr Sarah Bennett, University of Queensland

Senior Sergeant Darren Green, Queensland Police Service

This panel involving Professor Lorraine Mazerolle, Associate Professor Sarah Bennett, Senior Sergeant Darren Green is facilitated by Detective Inspector Mike Newman and they unpack procedural justice to explain why every contact is so important.

Professor Mazerolle begins by discussing the work she and her team have done on a systematic review. The panel then discusses the different types of contacts – short (random breath tests), long (truancy, sex assault investigations) or digital (SMS messages) using examples of trials and how procedural justice can be easily incorporated into everyday police practices. The discussion then turns to the panels experience with tracing the procedural justice impacts of the different type of encounters.

Finally, what does this all mean – understanding procedural justice and using it, is extremely important because every contact leaves a trace and will impact on future behaviours. As police and as leaders we should lead by example with every contact we have with the public to leave them with a better impression of police and policing.

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