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‘It’s Like Another Family Innit’: building police-youth relations through the metropolitan police service volunteer police cadet programme

‘It’s Like Another Family Innit’: building police-youth relations through the metropolitan police service volunteer police cadet programme

Pepper, Melissa ORCID: 0000-0002-7211-2349 and Silvestri, Marisa (2016) ‘It’s Like Another Family Innit’: building police-youth relations through the metropolitan police service volunteer police cadet programme. Policing, 11 (1). pp. 1-13. ISSN 1752-4512 (Print), 1752-4520 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1093/police/paw007)

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Abstract

Attempts to improve the relationship between police and young people are at the forefront of contemporary discourses on how best to secure greater confidence, consent and compliance with the police. Underpinned by the work of procedural justice theorists, the assertion here is that if the public perceive the police to be fair in their actions and decision making, they are more likely to judge them worthy of respect, deference and cooperation, and reflect positively on their encounter, regardless of the outcome. Drawing on research carried out with 210 young people, this paper considers the work of the Volunteer Police Cadets (VPC) within the Metropolitan Police Service. We argue that engagement with the programme provides young people with a number of important opportunities to experience positive ‘personal encounters’ with the police, resulting in a greater feeling of belonging and an increased stake in conformity.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: police, police cadets, volunteers, procedural justice
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Law & Criminology (LAC)
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2020 08:03
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: REF 2
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/26889

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