Sandro Corrieri & Charlotte Müller

Universität Koblenz-Landau

Police trust in Germany – an overview

In order to legitimately exercise social control, the police need the trust of the population. A literature search identi­fied 20 publications in journals, monographs and anthologies on eight data sources that focus specifically on trust in the police in Germany. Overall, a high level of trust was found, which is above average in a European comparison, and the assumptions of the procedural justice theory and the coll­ective efficacy approach were confirmed. A differentiating influence is shown by trust in other state institutions, nor­mative and instrumental aspects of police trust, migration background, the role of police contacts and the influence of the social environment.