Special Issue Call for Papers - Police Contact with Individuals and Intellectual or Development Disabilities

Call for papers for: Policing

Special Issue Call for Papers: Police Contact with Individuals and Intellectual or Development Disabilities (Print Date: June 2022)

Policing: An International Journal invites submissions for a special issue on 'Police Contact with Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities', edited by Drs. Danielle Wallace (Arizona State University) and Elizabeth McGee Hassrick (Drexel University).

Individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD) fall under the rubric of mental health interactions, but may be starkly different from individuals with mental illness during police contact. Individuals with I/DD may have communication and sensory processing difficulties, for example, making police interactions with individuals with I/DD, at the least, very complex. Many behavioral characteristics displayed by individuals with I/DD – especially during stressful situations – are similar, if not identical, to behaviors that police officers are trained see as drug induced, dangerous, suspicious, combative, and deceptive. Moreover, individuals with disabilities are victimized at a higher rate than their non-disabled counterparts, thrusting them into contact with the police.

This special issue seeks to present research on multiple aspects of police contact with individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD) of all types that are informative to the research and practitioner community about the complexities of interactions with individuals with I/DD.

This special issue will include the latest empirical studies on any facet of police interactions with individuals with I/DD. Themes may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Difficulty in identifying individuals with I/DD
  2. Police officer stress associated with these I/DD encounters
  3. Individuals’ willingness to disclose their disability during police contact and outcomes of police-I/DD interactions
  4. The complexities and difficulties associated with communication
  5. Use of force and subject resistance in I/DD encounters
  6. School resource officers and police-I/DD encounters
  7. Use of police technology to assist in police encounters with individuals with I/DD

Instructions & Deadlines

Researchers interested in submitting an article to this issue should submit abstracts (max. one page) before March 15, 2021. Abstracts should provide an overview of the proposed paper and describe the empirical data that will be presented. Abstracts should be sent to Danielle Wallace at [email protected]. The guest editors will select all relevant papers and inform the authors by May 1, 2021.

Authors will submit their manuscripts no later than October 3rd, 2021, but are welcome to submit sooner for a quicker review and decision. Manuscripts will be submitted through the ScholarOne submission system, which you can access here. Authors will indicate in the system that their manuscripts are intended for the 'Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities' special issue.

This issue will include 10-14 articles. All manuscripts will undergo blind peer review. Manuscripts must not exceed 7,500 words, including tables, figures, and references. Style and formatting guidelines for authors and additional information, which are available here.

Please send any inquiries to Dr. Danielle Wallace at [email protected].