Ethnicity and trust: perceptions of police bias

Diane Sivasubramaniam, Jane Goodman-Delahunty

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This study explores trust in police among a university sample of ethnic minority youth in Sydney, Australia, specifically examining the degree to which police are perceived to be biased against respondents' own particular ethnic groups. Results from this university sample replicate those found in previous community studies. By considering more specific questions regarding perceptions of police bias, this study further reveals that young minority groups consider police to be biased against their own ethnic group significantly more than do Caucasian youth. However, both minority youth and the Caucasian majority believe that police target certain ethnic groups, and generally agree on the particular groups that they perceive are targeted by police. These findings imply that perceptions of police bias are not restricted to minorities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)388-401
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Police Science and Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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