Procedural Justice Training

Courses are facilitated by highly qualified two-person teams, bringing the perspective of executive level law enforcement and an allied professional.


Procedural Justice for Law Enforcement Agencies:

Organizational Change Through Decision Making and Policy

The movement from a community reaction of “that’s not fair” to “I understand” may begin within the individual police officer-community member interaction, but is more often rooted in the deeper culture of the law enforcement agency.

Developed by the Center for Public Safety and Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago (CPSJ) in partnership with key researchers and law enforcement executives, this 8-hour course introduces sworn and civilian law enforcement supervisors to the philosophy of procedural justice and provides practical steps for its implementation. Through interactive, department specific exercises and examples of national success stories, this course provides guidance on incorporating procedural justice principles into organizational decision making, policies and procedures with the aim of creating an environment where procedural justice core principles are supported and practiced at all levels of the agency.


Procedural Justice for Law Enforcement: Front-Line Officers

The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) vetted and approved 8-hour course introduces front-line officers to the pillars of procedural justice and its operative use when interacting with the public. The course aims to increase understanding of why incorporating the pillars of procedural justice into everyday interactions with the public can enhance community members’ perception of police legitimacy, increase voluntary compliance and cooperation by the public, ultimately increasing officer and community safety. Public trust grows and legitimacy improves when officers treat people with respect and exercise authority in a manner that is perceived as fair and just.

This course provides practical steps for procedural justice applications during all encounters with members of the public. It further explores many of the challenges and stressors that threaten police physical and career “survival” and how procedural justice principles can mitigate many of those challenges, including increasing officer safety through both short-term encounters and long-term community relationships.


Procedural Justice in the Community: A Dialogue-to-Change

This workshop provides an opportunity for community members and law enforcement to come together to better understand the application of procedural justice as it relates to interactions between police and the community as well as the concept of police legitimacy. The focus is on building and strengthening bridges between police and the communities they service through open conversation with the aim of relationship building and reconciliation. Through dialogues, role-play exercises and scenario-based video discussions, skilled sworn and community facilitators create a safe environment for mutual learning and understanding.

The ultimate goal of this workshop is to lay the foundation to build mutual trust, enhance the community’s perspective of police legitimacy and lessen the “Us v. Them” attitude that commonly exists between law enforcement and the communities they serve.


Other Trainings, Workshops and Services

Community Policing

Coffee with a Cop

Cyber Security

Household Pets and Service Animals in Disasters

Conflict Resolution and Negotiation Skills

World Cafes

Curriculum Development

Agency Assessments

Restorative Justice/Peace Circles


Speaker’s Bureau

Staff of the Center for Public Safety and Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago has been recognized on national and international levels as subject matter experts on procedural justice and topics related to building trust both internal and external to the organization. Team members are available for media appearances, retreat and conference workshops, and other events.