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Police Training: What Works?

Special issue call for papers from Policing

Guest Editors

Stephen James, Washington State University

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Police officers must undergo formal training to achieve and maintain certification. Cities, counties, and states are mandating training in a variety of topics such as CIT, use of force, and vehicle operations. Internal and external monitors of police performance mandate corrective training after adverse events. Yet training is an expensive and time consuming burden for agencies that often lack the necessary resources to provide it. Law enforcement executives and training mangers need a resource to understand what training (topics) are evidence-based with evaluations that show they are effective. This will help guide practitioners to the most effective (and cost effective) training. All too often police decision makers are left to decide what training should occur with only vendor marking material to guide them.

This special issue will also serve to highlight for the research community where more work on training evaluation is needed.

We welcome submissions to this special issue. Topics covered include (but are not limited to):

·         EVOC


·         Firearms / Use of Force / De-escalation


·         CIT / Behavioral Health Interventions


·         Procedural Justice


·         Bias


·         Communication


·         Officer Health & Wellness

Submissions and Deadlines

Manuscripts are due by 2 February 2020

Submissions to the journal are made using ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer

review system. Registration and access is available at