Pandemic policing: Highlighting the need for trauma-informed services during and beyond the COVID-19 crisis

  • Daniel J. Jones University of Huddersfield West Yorkshire United Kingdom & The Edmonton Police Service, Edmonton, AB

Abstract

There has been a move towards trauma-informed services in multiple systems whose services are provided by police, medical doctors, nurses, teachers, and social workers, to name a few. Trauma-informed practices are best described as understanding the psychological and physiological impacts of trauma in a strengths-based framework. This becomes increasingly important in a policing context during the COVID-19 pandemic. The potential for increased intimate partner violence, child abuse, trauma, and other Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) may have implications for years to come that will impact justice systems, health care, and education. Having trauma-informed police services may mitigate this and provide police with the skills to identify and address issues early on to work towards getting the necessary supports to families in need.

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Author Biography

Daniel J. Jones, University of Huddersfield West Yorkshire United Kingdom & The Edmonton Police Service, Edmonton, AB

Daniel Jones has worked in the justice system for 26 years. He spent 3 years as a correctional officer and 23 years as a police officer obtaining the rank of Inspector. Daniel earned his Master’s Degree at the University of Cambridge in Applied Criminology receiving the Wakefield Scholarship. He is currently a PhD Candidate at the University of Huddersfield where he received the Secure Societies Institute Scholarship. Daniel is working in collaboration with the University of Alberta on the University of Alberta Prison Project. Daniel is also a sessional instructor at the University of Alberta in the Sociology Department. His focus of study is the Victim-Offender overlap and looking at how research and evidence based practice can create positive systems change.

Published
2020-07-15
How to Cite
Jones, D. J. (2020). Pandemic policing: Highlighting the need for trauma-informed services during and beyond the COVID-19 crisis. Journal of Community Safety and Well-Being, 5(2), 69-72. https://doi.org/10.35502/jcswb.129
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