Research on Public Trust in the Police in Turkey

20 January 2015

Research on Public Trust in the Police in Turkey, is based on survey data collected on a large-scale sample representative of Turkey. The report provides insights on perceptions of the public with regard to effectiveness/performance, legitimacy of the police and thereby lays bare the level of trust different segments in Turkey attribute to the police.

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The report utilizes sophisticated statistical methods and, for the first time in Turkey comprehensive scientific models on police trust are being applied giving the opportunity to comparatively analyze the results. Thus the following questions are examined in the report:

  • What is the level of public trust towards police?
  • What are the main components of police trust in Turkey?
  • In how far do police legitimacy and police effectiveness/performance affect police trust in Turkey?
  • What are the factors influencing public’s perception of police legitimacy and effectiveness?
  • How does public’s perception of police legitimacy and effectiveness affect cooperation with and compliance to the police?
  • How does this perception affect public’s toleration of police misconduct?
  • How does public perception of police legitimacy, effectiveness and trust change with regard to different demographic factors in Turkey (political affiliation, ethnic background, religious affinity etc.)?
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