Policing during COVID-19: Another day, another crisis

  • Konstantinos Papazoglou Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA
  • Daniel M. Blumberg Alliant International University, California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego, CA, USA
  • Michael D. Schlosser University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Police Training Institute, Champaign, IL, USA
  • Peter I. Collins University of Toronto, Division of Forensic Psychiatry, Toronto, ON, Canada & Ontario Provincial Police, Criminal Behaviour Analysis Section, Orillia, ON, Canada

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Author Biographies

Konstantinos Papazoglou, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA

Dr. Konstantinos Papazoglou, PhD is a postdoctoral scholar at Yale University School of Medicine. He completed his doctoral degree (PhD) in psychology (clinical - forensic area) as Vanier Scholar at the University of Toronto (UofT). He is a former Police Major of the Hellenic Police Force and European Police College and he holds a master’s degree in applied psychology from New York University (NYU) as Onassis Scholar. Currently, he is involved in community policing trauma-focused programs aimed to support victims of violent crimes. In addition, he is affiliated researcher with the Loss, Trauma, and Emotion Lab at Teachers College, Columbia University of New York. His research work focuses on stress, trauma, and resilience promotion among police officers. Towards this direction he has established research collaboration with many law enforcement agencies in US, Canada, and Europe (e.g., Police Training Institute – Illinois State Police, State Police of Kentucky, National Police of Finland). He has published more than 40 scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters. In addition, he presented his research work (more than 100 presentations) in many scientific venues (e.g., American Psychological Association, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies) and received many awards (e.g., American Psychological Association – Criminal Justice Section Outstanding Doctoral Research Award; American Psychological Foundation – Levinson Scholarship Award; American Psychological Association – Police and Public Safety Section - Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in Police and Public Safety; American Security Today – Homeland Security Platinum Award). He has served as ad hoc reviewer in academic journals (e.g., Frontiers, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, International Journal of Stress Management, PlosOne, Psychological Trauma) and as expert reviewer in research grants (e.g., National Science Foundation - NSF). Furthermore, he conducted workshops and presented to numerous government agencies in US, Canada, and Europe (e.g., Federal Police University of Germany, Police University College of Finland, Trainer the Trainers Seminar – European Police College, Canada Department of National Defense – Research Centre, Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, etc.). Konstantinos is a member of the research advisory team in Badge of Life Canada and a doctoral representative of the American Psychological Association – Police and Public Safety Section. Moreover, he is a co-moderator of the European Medical and Psychology Experts Network (EMPEN), an official network of police health professionals established and sponsored by the European Police College (CEPOL). He also worked as a clinical forensic psychologist with the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services providing clinical services (assessment and treatment) to criminal justice offenders. 

Daniel M. Blumberg, Alliant International University, California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego, CA, USA

Daniel M. Blumberg, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who has spent the past 34 years providing all facets of clinical and consulting psychological services to numerous local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. In addition to his expertise in workplace stress prevention and trauma recovery, Dr. Blumberg is an authority on the selection, training and supervision of undercover operatives. He is an Associate Professor in the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University’s San Diego Campus where he teaches a variety of psychology and forensic psychology courses. His research interests include police integrity, the moral risks of policing, and programs to improve relations between the police and the community. 

Michael D. Schlosser, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Police Training Institute, Champaign, IL, USA

Michael D. Schlosser, Ph.D. is the Director of the University of Illinois Police Training Institute (PTI). He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Governor’s State University, a Master’s Degree in Legal Studies from the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Illinois. He retired as a lieutenant from the Rantoul Police Department in 2004 to take a position as a Police Training Specialist with the University of Illinois Police Training Institute. 

Dr. Schlosser is credited for his ground-breaking efforts toward police reform. Dr. Schlosser implemented additional innovative curriculum for improving the police practice, such as Policing in a Multiracial Society, Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Questionable (LGBTQ) Ally Training, and Wrongful Conviction Awareness and Prevention. 

Dr. Schlosser has authored dozens of articles, made numerous radio and television appearances, and given 100s of presentations across the country on topics such as community policing, police tactics, police training, use of force, non-escalation and de-escalation techniques, control and arrest tactics, the intersection of police and race, diversity, police officer wellness, police family wellness, police strategy and tactics, and numerous other police-related topics. 

Peter I. Collins, University of Toronto, Division of Forensic Psychiatry, Toronto, ON, Canada & Ontario Provincial Police, Criminal Behaviour Analysis Section, Orillia, ON, Canada

Peter Collins, CD, MD, MCA, FRCPC has been the forensic psychiatrist with the Ontario Provincial Police, since 1995. From 1990 to 1995 he was a member of the first profiling unit of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (Violent Crime Analysis Section) and was involved in the development of the Violent Crime Linkage Analysis System (ViCLAS). Since 1992 he has been a member of the crisis/hostage negotiation team of the Toronto Police Service Emergency Task Force.  

 Dr. Collins obtained his Masters in Applied Criminology from the University of Ottawa, his Medical Degree from McMaster University and completed his postgraduate medical training in psychiatry and forensic psychiatry at the University of Toronto. His clinical appointment is with the Complex Illness and Recovery Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and he is an Associate Professor, in the Division of Forensic Psychiatry, at the University of Toronto. Dr. Collins is also a co-investigator with the Health Adaptation Research on Trauma (HART) Lab and the International Performance Resilience and Efficiency Program for police tactical teams at the University of Toronto (Mississauga). He is a consulting editor with the Journal of Threat Assessment and Management, published by the American Psychological Association, and a columnist with Blue Line Magazine. A retired Lieutenant-Commander with the Royal Canadian Navy Dr. Collins served on two deployments, with the coalition forces, in Southern Afghanistan.

Published
2020-07-15
How to Cite
Papazoglou, K., Blumberg, D. M., Schlosser, M. D., & Collins, P. I. (2020). Policing during COVID-19: Another day, another crisis. Journal of Community Safety and Well-Being, 5(2), 39-41. https://doi.org/10.35502/jcswb.130
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