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Using Procedural Justice To Improve Community Relations - Interview With Michael Davis

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Date Published
July 2016
2 pages
In this video and accompanying transcript, Michael Davis, Director of Public Safety at Northeastern University, discusses the concept of procedural justice and how it can be integrated into policing operations that improve community relations and counter crime.
Procedural justice pertains to the beneficial, fair, and respectful treatment of those who come into contact with representatives and procedures of the criminal justice system. The implementation of procedural justice also pertains to how criminal justice personnel can best be prepared to design, train, and implement the principles of procedural justice. It is particularly important that procedural justice treat everyone equally and fairly in a community composed of residents of diverse backgrounds, races, and ethnicities. Procedural justice also operates from the perspective that both residents and police are responsible for public safety rendered in an effective and equitable manner. This means that partnerships and networks of cooperation must be forged, sustained, and continuously evaluated to ensure that the principles of procedural justice are cooperatively framed, implemented, and evaluated. Davis' view of the future of policing involves much more than police being responders to 911 calls. Police agencies will be one of many community and governmental agencies involved in a network of planning, cooperation, and implementation that focuses on addressing issues and conditions that foster crime and undermine the welfare of all community residents.

Date Published: July 1, 2016