Recent attempts at police reform have embraced theories of procedural or organizational justice. Organizational justice is the notion that how employees view their employers—as well as employees’ positions in the organization—will affect the way people behave in work-related contexts. In this way, if police employees view their organization as treating them fairly, they may be more likely to exercise fair practices within the communities they serve.

Vera and the Institute for Global City Policing at the University College London (UCL) is partnering with the Arlington Police Department (Texas) and the West Midlands Police (West Midlands, United Kingdom) to conduct an international cross-comparative process evaluation of reforms implemented in both departments to improve procedural fairness within the organizations. The analysis seeks to provide insight into—and inform law enforcement executives about—how to implement and recommend reforms that are most effective in creating an organization that is fairer and more transparent.

Project Objectives

  • To identify the reform efforts that have been implemented by the respective police agencies and evaluate the success of these efforts.

  • To identify the challenges that have surfaced from implementation of these reform efforts and the best methods to resolve them.

  • To employ the information found within this process evaluation as a guide to other police agencies that are well positioned to implement procedural and organizational justice-based reforms.