Procedural Justice for Law Enforcement Agencies: Organizational Change through Decision Making and Policy

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


Course Description:

The philosophy of procedural justice aims at the heart of an organization’s culture and provides a structure for positive organizational transformation. The movement from a community reaction of “that’s not fair” to “I understand” may begin within the individual police officer-community member interaction, but is more often rooted in the deeper culture of the law enforcement agency. Developed by the Center for Public Safety and Justice at the University of Illinois, in partnership with key researchers and law enforcement executives, this 8-hour course introduces sworn and civilian law enforcement supervisors to the philosophy of procedural justice and provides practical steps for its implementation. Through interactive, department-specific exercises and examples of national success stories, this course will provide guidance on incorporating procedural justice principles into organizational decision making, policies and procedures with the aim of creating an environment where procedural justice core principles are supported and practiced at all levels of the agency.


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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