CfP European Journal of Policing Studies – Special Issue: The Dynamics of Police Stops

Published on 28/06/2022

European Journal of Policing Studies

Special Issue: The Dynamics of Police Stops

Guest editors:

Mike Rowe

Sofie de Kimpe

Vincenzo Scalia

Sharda Murria

This special issue will bring together recent research exploring the two sides of a debate, the doing of police stops and the experiencing of them, in order to begin to reconcile some of the differences and disagreements in current discussions. Police accounts emphasise the necessity of police stops for the prevention of crime, particularly that associated with drugs and violence. They draw for support upon the genuine concerns of communities afflicted. Those subjected to police stops protest at the humiliation and trauma of the experience and the racially disproportionate ways in which they are carried out. They draw connections to police shootings in the US and to #blacklivesmatter campaigns. One side calls for more stops and more powers, the other for less and for abolition. Drawing on the idea of procedural justice, recent research has suggested that the experience of police stops can be improved, but this overlooks questions of legality and disproportionality. This special issue will draw together papers that put the two opposing perspectives together to ask whether we can begin to talk differently about a contested practice.

We particularly invite and encourage papers that move discussions beyond these current debates. For example: explorations of the inter-generational experiences of over policing; police officer’s understanding of the significance of stop and search; policing and the influence of stereotypes; police officers’ interactions with young people; young people’s experiences of policing; and migrant experiences of policing.

If you would like to propose a paper and wish to discuss it first, please do contact Mike Rowe (

16th December, 2022 – deadline for the submission of papers

Key instructions for authors:

  • Manuscripts can be submitted as a Word document to the managing editor/editorial assistant ( Please make sure that the submitted manuscript is the final version, not a draft, as it is not possible to make radical changes further along in the process.
  • Please identify your article as being for inclusion in the Special Issue on The Dynamics of Police Stops.
  • Please note that your contribution should contain between 8,000-10,000 words, including summary, keywords and footnotes.
  • Use as little formatting as possible for the text, and use only bold and italics to mark paragraph headers. All lay-out specifications are taken care of by the graphic designer.
  • Authors are further requested to submit their affiliation, a short abstract (max. 200 words) of the article and five keywords together with their article. This information will also feature on our website. Example affiliation: [Name author] is [job title] at the [place of work] in [country]. Corresponding authors are asked to mention their e-mail address.
  • Referencing follows the APA 7th guidelines. For references to laws and regulation, footnotes may be applied.

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