Honors Theses


College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Sociology


Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)



Document Type

Honors Thesis


Trust in the legitimacy of law enforcement is necessary for effective policing. Literature focuses in on three broad areas in its discussion of trust in the police; general feelings of social trust toward one’s community, belief in absence or presence of procedural justice, and perceptions of police effectiveness in the neighborhood in terms of disorder and incivilities. In this paper, I use data from the World Values Survey collected in 2011 in the United States to examine these correlates of trust in the police by way of logistic regression models. I find that, in accordance with recent scholarship, individuals’ perceptions of procedural justice have the greatest impact on one’s trust in the police. These findings should impart legislators to give substantial weight to potential policies such as the “Law Enforcement Trust and Integrity Act of 2018” if the US wishes to improve its policing.

Publication Date


First Advisor

Perry, Ashley

Second Advisor

Peterson, Lindsey

Third Advisor

Oppenheimer, Seth