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Call for Papers: Crises in Policing


The International Journal of Police Science (IJPS) is seeking articles for a special issue examining “Crises in Policing.” Policing is currently faced with an interactive set of crises.  These crises are often global in scope and have the potential to erode public trust and legitimacy of police and law enforcement agencies worldwide.  Individual crises include:

  • Police-Community relations, perceived/actual inequity, and erosion of public trust,
  • Police use of deadly force,
  • Police recruitment, hiring, and retention of qualified officers,
  • Police suicides, emotional trauma, and wellness,
  • Police response to the mentally ill and homeless,
  • Police response to active shooter and school violence,
  • Police corruption and misconduct,
  • Police response to riots, disorder, and public order incidents,
  • Police response to transnational organized crime and gangs,
  • Police radicalization and extremism (including police gangs).

For details on submissions see the IJPS Submissions Page: for questions about potential scope of articles contact the Special Issue Editors via email.

Key Dates

Abstract submissions to special issue editors: June 1, 2024 (250-word maximum)

Draft submissions for double anonymized peer review: October 1, 2024

Projected Special Issue Publication, March 1, 2025

Special Issue Editors

Dr. John P. Sullivan, Associate Editor, IJPS, Lieutenant (ret.), Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department,

Dr. Nathan P. Jones, Associate Professor, Department of Security Studies, Sam Houston State University,



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The International Journal of Police Science (IJPS) is a peer-reviewed, open access, scholarly journal created for an international community of policing, law enforcement, and security students, researchers, practitioners, and policymakers. The IJPS publishes research articles, review articles, rapid communications, case studies, and book reviews that address policing, law enforcement, and security issues, as well as relevant topics in legal, social, anthropological, and other fields related to the security perspective.