Does Training Police on Procedural Justice Result in Better Field Outcomes?

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  1. I would encourage anyone reading this to take a look at the greater study document that can be found on the NCJRS site as document # 249881 and pay close attention to the results section. Officers in the treatment group were less likely to make arrests and use force but did not receive fewer citizen complaints than those in the control group. Not only should researchers seek to replicate this study in other cities, but should attempt to research any use of LEED outside the state of Washington where it was created, delivered, and evidently used as the primary treatment in the identified study.

    Interestingly enough, one of the creators of LEED is the current director of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission and a Police Foundation Executive Fellow. She was the King County Sheriff when she collaborated with others to create LEED. I cannot find any indications that LEED has been studied outside of Washington or even delivered as a training intervention outside of Washington. There is also an additional variable and intervention in use in this study and that involves non-punitive supervisory interviews of the officers who responded to CAD-generated events in the target areas. Since LEED appears to be very localized, it may be difficult to generalize that this approach will work elsewhere in the United States or outside of the United States. Perhaps other types of procedural justice training and education would be as effective when paired with some type of early intervention system that is not always punitive.

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