The Scottish Police and Citizen Engagement (SPACE) Trial: Final Report

Annette Robertson, Lesley McMillan, Jon Godwin, Ross Deuchar

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The Scottish Police and Citizen Engagement Project (SPACE Project for short) aimed to test the impact of introducing focused procedural-justice training to probationers at the Scottish Police College (SPC). Modelled on the Chicago Quality Interaction Training Programme, the hypothesis underpinning the SPACE Project was that probationers who were exposed to focused procedural justice training as part of their standard police training course would exhibit enhanced awareness of the significance of this framework to policing and consequently place greater value on positive engagement with the public. This would be
demonstrated through relevant measurements of probationers’ attitudes, perceptions, and behavioural intentions using key procedural justice indicators:
‘fairness/neutrality/impartiality’, ‘respect’, ‘trust’, and ‘participation/voice’, all of which are closely interlinked with, and dependent on ‘communication’.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherGlasgow Caledonian University
Commissioning bodyScottish Government
Number of pages80
ISBN (Print)978-1-905-866731
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2014


  • Scottish Police
  • procedural-justice training
  • police training course


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