Differences and Similarities in the Explanation of Ethnic Minority Groups’ Trust in
the Police, by  Maarten Van Craen and Wesley G. Skogan. European Journal of
Criminology, 2014

Little is yet known about which factors influence the trust in the police of different ethnic
minorities in European countries. This article is a step towards filling in that gap. To assess
differences and similarities in the explanation of minority groups’ trust, we replicated a recent
study on Turkish and Moroccan minority group members’ trust in the Belgian police. The study
on which we report here shifted the focus from traditional minority groups in Belgium to a new
immigrant group: Polish immigrants. We anticipated that our findings would depart in two ways.
We hypothesized that social capital and perceptions of discrimination would not play an
important role in the explanation of Polish immigrants’ trust in the Belgian police. Regression
analyses on data gathered in the city of Antwerp (N = 418) suggest that there is no correlation
between Polish immigrants’ social capital and their trust in law enforcement. However,
perceptions of discrimination are a key explanatory factor for this minority group too.
Implications for theorization and research are discussed.

Keywords: discrimination, police, procedural justice, social capital, trust
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Differences and Similarities in the Explanation of Ethnic Minority Groups’ Trust in
the Police, by  Maarten Van Craen and Wesley G. Skogan. European Journal of
Criminology, 2014

Little is yet known about which factors influence the trust in the police of different ethnic
minorities in European countries. This article is a step towards filling in that gap. To assess
differences and similarities in the explanation of minority groups’ trust, we replicated a recent
study on Turkish and Moroccan minority group members’ trust in the Belgian police. The study
on which we report here shifted the focus from traditional minority groups in Belgium to a new
immigrant group: Polish immigrants. We anticipated that our findings would depart in two ways.
We hypothesized that social capital and perceptions of discrimination would not play an
important role in the explanation of Polish immigrants’ trust in the Belgian police. Regression
analyses on data gathered in the city of Antwerp (N = 418) suggest that there is no correlation
between Polish immigrants’ social capital and their trust in law enforcement. However,
perceptions of discrimination are a key explanatory factor for this minority group too.
Implications for theorization and research are discussed.

Keywords: discrimination, police, procedural justice, social capital, trust