Policing social distancing : gaining and maintaining compliance in the age of coronavirus

Grace, SK ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1511-9886 2020, 'Policing social distancing : gaining and maintaining compliance in the age of coronavirus' , Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, 14 (4) , pp. 1034-1053.

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Access Information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Policing : A journal of policy and practice following peer review. The version of record Sara Grace, Policing Social Distancing: Gaining and Maintaining Compliance in the Age of Coronavirus, Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, Volume 14, Issue 4, December 2020, Pages 1034–1053, is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1093/police/paaa029


Drawing on motivational posturing theory (MPT) and procedural justice theory (PJT) this paper makes recommendations for how best to secure compliance with social distancing regulations. Applying those theories to – mostly observational – data from a study on the use and impact of penalty notices for disorder, the influences on cooperation during police-citizen encounters are explored. Whilst focusing on the English data/regulations, as both MPT and PJT have been tested internationally, the conclusions have relevance beyond these shores. The paper proposes a sixth posture – compulsion, a form of resistant compliance – to the five set out by MPT. Focusing attention not just on whether compliance is achieved but how, recognises the risk to future legitimacy posed by only achieving compliance through coercion or the threat thereof. Lessons from the research are applied to policing social distancing, with regards to: securing compliance during interactions, self-regulation and enforcement action and how to preserve police legitimacy.

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Additional Information: This article builds on ideas first developed in this blog: https://bscpolicingnetwork.com/2020/04/02/policing-the-coronavirus-lockdown-the-limits-of-on-the-spot-fines/
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 1752-4512
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Depositing User: SK Grace
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2020 07:37
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2022 02:30
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/57257

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