Practicing Procedural Justice Internally to Foster its Practice Externally

Practicing Procedural Justice Internally to Foster its Practice Externally
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Module 1
Recorded on: 2021-12-09
Unit 1 Presentation Materials: Practicing Procedural Justice
Unit 2 Transcript: Practicing Procedural Justice
Unit 3 Workbook: Practicing Procedural Justice
Unit 4 Recording: Practicing Procedural Justice

Law enforcement personnel are stressed and leaving their jobs, and very few are interested in joining it to fill the positions. Meanwhile, the public questions law enforcement’s authority and expresses distrust of the profession. These are just some of the issues the criminal justice system is facing right now and various solutions are being implemented in hopes of addressing this. Dr. Rich Martin proposes how procedural justice can be a win-win-win solution to addressing all these and more.

Dr. Rich Martin is a retired police supervisor turned college professor. He is currently the Program Director for the accelerated criminal justice programs at Keuka College in Central New York State. He’s served in smaller rural and larger urban agencies during his law enforcement career.

Specifics of this webinar are on:

  • The various levels that culture exists.
  • Zeroing in on the importance of organizational culture.
    • How employees look at this as the gauge of their likelihood to stay with an employer.
    • How it influences the performance, productivity, commitment, morale, and well-being of the employees, which inevitably leads to profitability.
    • Specific elements of organizational culture that employees have high regard for and want to see within the organizations they work for.
  • The current state of the law enforcement profession: The recruitment and retention issues and the public scrutiny following out-of-the ordinary incidents that involve law enforcement
  • The concept of internal procedural justice and how it impacts the law enforcement profession.
    • How leaders practicing and applying procedural justice in decision-making, policies, and protocols translates into officers’ engagement with the community members.
    • How it cultivates compliance and legitimacy from the leadership to the workforce and the officers to the citizens.
    • How it promotes greater job satisfaction which manifests in officer wellness albeit the demanding and stressful nature of the job.
    • How it fosters an attractive work culture that bolsters the recruitment pool and enhances employee retention.
  • How procedural justice influences the outcome of interactions and the perception of the interaction itself.
  • The reality that despite being taught and reinforced in the criminal justice profession, procedural justice is rarely being put into application.
  • Unpacking the four principles of procedural justice.
    • The value of giving people a voice, the chance to be heard on issues that they care about, and truly understanding their concerns.
    • Neutrality in decision making by remaining fair, impartial, and not affected by bias and pre-judgments.
    • Treating people with respect regardless of the circumstances.
    • Demonstrating trustworthiness through fair and transparent processes and decision-making.
  • The value in leaders setting the example of procedural justice for their people to follow.
  • How constant practice of procedural justice makes it a part of one’s character.

Questions raised by the webinar attendees are about:

  • Recognizing when procedural justice is achieved in an organization.
  • Applying procedural justice and related concepts in other industries and contexts.
  • Changing the culture of the command staff to embrace procedural justice by leading up.
  • Starting the conversation about adopting procedural justice within an organization.



Other Webinars with this Presenter:


Resources and Handouts
  • Article: 10 Things Your Culture Needs to Get Right
  • Article: Internal Procedural Justice, Moral Alignment, and External Procedural Justice in Democratic Policing, 2018
  • Article: Christopher M. Donner & David E. Olson (2019): Fair treatment in policing: testing the relationship between internal and external procedural justice, Journal of Crime and Justice, DOI: 10.1080/0735648X.2019.1677262
  • Article: How internal procedural justice impacts external behaviors, 2021.
  • Article: Van Craen M. Understanding police officers’ trust and trustworthy behavior: A work relations framework. European Journal of Criminology. 2016;13(2):274-294. doi:10.1177/1477370815617187



Audience Comments

  • “Rich is a fantastic presenter and incredibly knowledgeable. Well Done.” — Anthony
  • “Fantastic presentation, Rich! Thank you!” — Barbara
  • “What is interesting, is the way he describes what happens on a daily with not only law enforcement but other organizations as well such as Tribal Health Departments.” — Bonita
  • “I am currently in line to move to a management position and this was very helpful – not only in helping to talk to manager about how firt line people feel but what managers can do – I wish my manager has sat in on it!” — Dana
  • “It seems so simple that we would model the behavior in our own houses that we want to take into the street, but sadly, that has not been the case. Even in these challenging times, we have failed to take care of our own and as a result have added to the external stressors.” — Heather
  • “I was an instructor of PJ/Implicit Bias for my agency. We touched on external PJ more than internal PJ so I appreciated the perspective on PJ being implemented internally and how the internal legitimacy spills out into the community.” — John
  • “I appreciated that this webinar was done by an LEO with real leadership experience, but spoke in a way that everybody could understand.” — Joshua


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