Predictors of Citizens' Satisfaction and Trust in Police as a Function of Good Governance and Cooperative Culture

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police officials/institutions performance, accountability, moral alignment with the community, citizens trust, citizens satisfaction


The role of police institutions in developing law-and-order situations and protecting citizens’ lives and valuables is of immense importance worldwide. Based on the social learning theory, the current study examines the extent to which police performance, accountability, and moral alignment with the community develop and enhance the trust among the citizens via an underlying mechanism of their satisfaction level with police institutions based on their services’ delivery. Data were collected from the citizens of various administrative units in Jakarta, Indonesia. Structural equation modeling using SmartPLS 3.3.3 software was applied to assess the variables' psychometric properties and verify the study's hypothesized links. The results revealed the significant and positive impact of police performance, accountability, and alignment with moral values on citizens' trust directly and via an underlying mechanism of citizens' satisfaction. However, the intensity of the results varied, and the accountability of the police was the strongest predictor of citizens' trust. In addition, the current study brings valuable insights for academicians and practitioners to focus more on training police officials to make them responsible for fulfilling their obligations towards the citizens based on their higher level of recognition of accountability towards the nation.


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Author Biography

Albertus Wahyu Rudhanto, Sekolah Tinggi Ilmu Kepolisian, Jakarta

Albertus Wahyurudhanto is the Commissioner of Kompolnas 2020-2024 from the police expert element who was inaugurated by the President of the Republic of Indonesia Joko Widodo, on 19 August 2020. His intensive involvement in the police field began in 2003 as a permanent lecturer at the Police Science College – PTIK. Previously, he was a journalist at Suara Merdeka Semarang for 17 years. Alumnus of the undergraduate program of Communication Science and master’s degree in Public Administration both from Universitas Diponegoro and Doctoral Program of Government Science from Universitas Padjadjaran.


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Rudhanto, A. W. (2022). Predictors of Citizens’ Satisfaction and Trust in Police as a Function of Good Governance and Cooperative Culture . Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Studies, 9(3), 152–167.



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