Legitimacy

COVID-19, George Floyd Protests, and a Violent Crime Spike: The Denver Experience

At the 2022 ACJS Conference, my colleagues and I present an ongoing project on the relationship between police discretionary behaviors and crime in Denver.

Leadership in Law Enforcement Podcast - Season 2 Ep. 8

We discuss how I got into academia, as well as my research on police legitimacy, organizational justice, the Ferguson Effect, and officer decision-making.

Consent Decrees and Constitutional Policing

Session three of this webinar series was held on Wednesday, December 1, at 1:00 p.m., ET, and focused on innovative methods to engage with community partners to understand issues and work together to reduce crime and protect communities. The session featured a unique panel of law enforcement leaders and interviews with nationally recognized National College Athletic Association (NCAA) coaches who have worked to form innovative partnerships between local police officers and student athletes.

Reducing Crime Podcast - Episode 42

At the 2021 ASC Conference, I was a guest on Ep. 42 of Jerry Ratcliffe's Reducing Crime Podcast

Weber, Legitimacy, and Police Empowerment: Experimental Results from a Survey of US Adults

At the 2021 ASC Conference, I discuss a recent paper on legitimacy and empowerment with Kyle McLean.

Elevated Police Turnover following the Summer of George Floyd Protests: A Synthetic Control Study

Police resignations - but not retirements or involuntary separations - spiked significantly in a large western department following the George Floyd protests.

Dismantling Racism, Sexism, and Inequities in Policing

A roundtable about disparities in policing and how to address them. With Sadaf Hashimi, Tracie Keesee, and Seth Stoughton (moderated by Walter Katz). Click on the Video button above to watch.

Understanding the Bounds of Legitimacy: Weber’s Facets of Legitimacy and the Police Empowerment Hypothesis

Despite considerable evidence that police legitimacy results in beneficial outcomes like compliance, cooperation, and empowerment, scholars have yet to agree on how to define and operationalize legitimacy. Drawing on Max Weber’s facets of legitimacy, …

Understanding Denver's devastating rise in violent crime in 2020

We argue that Denver's 2020 crime spike was likely the result of a police legitimacy crisis.

What Does the Public Want Police to Do During Pandemics? A National Experiment

Forthcoming at *Criminology & Public Policy.*