Procedural Justice for Law Enforcement Agencies: Front-Line Officers

Course Provider: University of Illinois at Chicago, Center for Public Safety and Justice


Course Description:

This 8-hour course introduces front-line officers to the pillars of procedural justice and its operative use when interacting with the public. It aims to increase understanding of why incorporating the pillars of procedural justice into everyday interactions with the public can enhance the public’s perception of police legitimacy, increase voluntary compliance and cooperation by the public, ultimately increasing officer and community safety. The course provides practical steps for procedural justice applications during all encounters with members of the public. It further explores many of the challenges and stressors that threaten police physical and career “survival” and how procedural justice principles can mitigate many of those challenges, including increasing officer safety through both short-term encounters and long-term community relationships.


Primary Audience: 

Law enforcement personnel at all levels including civilian staff. Other first responders and community groups.


About Course Provider:

The Center for Public Safety and Justice (CPSJ) is located within the University of Illinois at Chicago and is one of the original United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Policing Services funded Regional Community Policing Institutes established in 1997. CPSJ staff has academic credentials, national field training expertise, practical curriculum development experience and provides technical assistance to law enforcement organizations and diverse communities around public safety issues across the nation. CPSJ has developed curricula on a wide range of topics including procedural justice, community policing, domestic violence, human trafficking, ethics, cyber security, animal rescue, evacuation and sheltering and interactions with those suffering from Alzheimers. CPSJ provides tailored curriculum development, technical assistance, large and small group facilitation, community engagement through a restorative justice lens and the peace circle process. In the last five years CPSJ has successfully trained 6,000 participants representing 500 organizations from 40 states.



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