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Public support for empowering police during the COVID-19 crisis: evidence from London

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posted on 2024-03-07, 00:08 authored by Julia YesbergJulia Yesberg, Z Hobson, K Pósch, B Bradford, J Jackson, A Kyprianides, R Solymosi, P Dawson, N Ramshaw, E Gilbert
In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, police services around the world were granted unprecedented new powers to enforce social distancing restrictions. In this paper, we present data from a rolling representative sample survey of Londoners (n = 3,201) fielded during the height of the first wave of the pandemic (April to June 2020). We examine the scale of public support for giving police additional powers to enforce the regulations, whether support for different powers ebbed and flowed over time, and which factors predicted support for police powers. First, we use interrupted time-series analysis to model change over time. Second, we pool the data to test the predictors of support for police powers. Aside from one lockdown-specific temporal factor (the easing of restrictions), we find that even in the midst of a pandemic, legitimacy, procedural justice and affective evaluations of pandemic powers are the most important factors explaining variation in public support for police empowerment.

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Yesberg, J. A., Hobson, Z., Pósch, K., Bradford, B., Jackson, J., Kyprianides, A., Solymosi, R., Dawson, P., Ramshaw, N. & Gilbert, E. (2023). Public support for empowering police during the COVID-19 crisis: evidence from London. Policing and Society, ahead-of-print(ahead-of-print), 1-26. https://doi.org/10.1080/10439463.2023.2279061

Journal title

Policing and Society

Volume

ahead-of-print

Issue

ahead-of-print

Publication date

2023-01-01

Pagination

1-26

Publisher

Informa UK Limited

Publication status

Published

Online publication date

2023-11-06

ISSN

1043-9463

eISSN

1477-2728

Language

en

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