Trust in the German Police

  • Mai Sato
  • Rita Haverkamp
  • Mike Hough


The relative levels of trust in the police are explored, using data from the fifth round of the European Social Survey (ESS) which covered mainly 28 European countries. In this article, the position of Germany is examined within the international context. German trust in the police, for both German natives and ethnic minorities, for those 15 and over is high in comparison to other European countries. The article also tests if it is the fair treatment of citizens by the police, or the high value placed on rule adherence and conformity, that is driving the German citizen’s trust. It shows that the German police is trusted due to their perceived fairness, effectiveness and shared moral values, rather than on value placed on conformity to authority.

How to Cite
Sato, M., Haverkamp, R., & Hough, M. (2016). Trust in the German Police. European Law Enforcement Research Bulletin, (1), 83-90. Retrieved from