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Social Police Work and Police Social Work: 100 Years after August Vollmer’s Speech


Special issue call for papers from Policing

Social Police Work and Police Social Work: 100 Years after August Vollmer’s Speech

A special issue of Policing: An International Journal

Guest Editor: Dr George T. Patterson, City University of New York

The Editors of Policing: An International Journal invite submissions for a special issue of the journal, entitled Social Police Work and Police Social Work: 100 Years after August Vollmer’s Speech.

In 1919 August Vollmer delivered a speech titled The Policeman as Social Worker. In the speech, Vollmer identified social problems such as poverty, alcohol use, unemployment, prostitution, gambling and sickness. 

Considered “the father of American policing,” Vollmer urged police officers to do more than only make arrests. He spoke of “social police work” and “police social work” wherein police officers should also address the underlying issues that contribute to offending behavior and arrests. Vollmer acknowledged police officers’ lack of time and interest in addressing the issues underlying social problems, and officers’ unwillingness to collaborate with social service agencies to address these issues. 

This special issue will include empirical articles that highlight innovative approaches in policing that address the underlying issues in social problems and collaborating with social service providers. Manuscripts should focus on topics in social police work and police social work such as diversion, collaboration with social service agencies, and community policing while also demonstrating significance for applied practice and policy. 

All manuscripts will undergo double blind peer review. Manuscripts should be 5,000-7,500 words, including tables, figures, and references. This word limit is a strict guideline in order to allow for a number of high quality manuscripts to be included in the special issue. 

Prospective authors should submit by January 15, 2019 an abstract for review to obtain editorial feedback regarding the appropriateness of a manuscript for submission and consideration. 

The final manuscript submission deadline is April 1, 2019, but please feel free to submit sooner for an earlier review and publication decision. Final publication decisions are expected to be made by June 7, 2019.

This special issue is scheduled for an October 2019 print/publication date.

Manuscripts must be submitted through the ScholarOne submission system (please indicate in the system that your manuscript is intended for the “Social Police Work and Police Social Work: 100 Years after August Vollmer’s Speech” special issue): https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/PIJPSM

A link to the author style guidelines is available at: http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=PIJPSM