In Search of Individual and Organizational Fairness in Policing

IInternational Journal of HRD Practice, Policy and Research 2018, Vol 3 No 1: Online
doi: 10.22324/ijhrdppr.3.102

Steven Chase, Director of People, Thames Valley Police

This paper considers individual and organizational fairness in policing and explores the opportunities to promote a culture of learning, drawing on organizational justice research literature, together with practice reflection. An attempt is made to synthesize the two into a working model of fairness in organizations. The paper examines how leadership style might influence such an ambition and how adopting a culture of learning and fairness might produce more organizationally just outcomes in Human Resources policy and practice, such as misconduct and performance procedures. The paper concludes that further research through the lens of ‘organizational story telling’ would add a richness to the research to date much of which has tended to be quantitative in nature.

Key words: policing, leadership, organizational justice, fairness, learning, culture.