Community policing in Danish “ghetto” areas: Trust and distrust between the police and ethnic minority youth

Tobias Kammersgaard*, Thomas Friis Søgaard, Mie Birk Haller, Torsten Kolind, Geoffrey Hunt

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Recent years have seen trends within police to use different forms of “community policing” strategies that aim to foster closer relationships and trust with citizens, as well as an orientation toward “procedural justice” in law enforcement practices. Based on 25 interviews with police officers in two different police precincts in Denmark, this article explores the policing of ethnic minority youth in so-called “ghetto” areas from the perspectives of police officers. In doing this, we describe the specific challenges and strategies in implementing such policing methods in neighborhoods where some residents display low trust or even hostility toward the police. The article sheds light on the emotional, organizational, and practical challenges involved in doing community policing in marginalized neighborhoods and the way in which this shapes how community policing is being organized in practice.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCriminology & Criminal Justice
Pages (from-to)98-116
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2023


  • Community policing
  • deprived neighborhoods
  • ethnic minorities
  • procedural justice
  • trust


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