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Police Section

Mission Statement: The purpose of this organization is to bring together Academy member with a particular interest in the police; to facilitate and encourage research and theory development related to policing; to encourage appropriate and effective teaching techniques and practices for police-related courses; to serve as a resource network for and encourage interaction among academic, research, practitioner, and policy-making sectors in order to further knowledge about the police; and to organize conference sessions related to the police.

Section News:
Police Forum
(the official section newsletter)
Editor: Jeff Bumgarner, University of Minnesota, Crookston

The latest edition of the Police Forum is linked here: August 2016. For past editions, please contact Jeff Bumgarner ( Link to more past editions coming soon.

Police Forum, Past Issues:
March 2016
December 2015
August 2015
December 2014
July 2014
August 2013
April 2013
December 2012
August 2012

Police Quarterly (official peer-reviewed journal of the Police Section)
Editor: John Worrall (University of Texas - Dallas)

Police Quarterly is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to quantitative and qualitative police-related research. The journal is jointly affiliated with the Police Section of ACJS and the Police Executive Research Forum. All members of the Police Section receive Police Quarterly as a benefit of membership. You can access the Police Quarterly website by clicking here.

Member Benefits: All members of ACJS are eligible to join the Police Section. The Police Section is one of the largest sections within ACJS, with well over 200 members. Membership dues for the section are $37 per year. An annual subscription to Police Quarterly is included with one's membership.

To join the section, current ACJS members should contact, non-members of ACJS can join ACJS and the section online or by printing the membership application, both are available on the Membership page of the ACJS website at If you are a lifetime member of ACJS, please remember that you still must renew your membership to Police Section each year.

Section Awards: Congratulations to Dr. Jack Greene, Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Northeastern University, Boston, MA, who is the 2012 recipient of the O.W. Wilson Award.

Additional Information:
Police Section Constitution: The Constitution for the ACJS Police Section can be accessed by clicking here.

Executive Board:

  • Chair - John DeCarlo (, John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.
  • Vice Chair - TBD
  • Immediate Past Chair - Janice Ahmad (,University of Houston, Downtown
  • Secretary - Veronyka James (, Virginia Union University
  • Executive Counselor - Stan Shernock (, Norwich University
  • Executive Counselor - Michael Buerger (, Bowling Green State University
  • Executive Counselor - Jeff Smith (, Lawrenceville (GA) Police Dept.

Section Historian/Archivist: Lucy Edwards Hochstein (Radford University)

The Police Section Archives and Historian position was created by Vivian Lord when she led the Police Section. The Police Section Archives are housed at Radford University, Radford, Virginia. Donations are always welcome! To contribute to the archives or request an article search, please contact Lucy Edwards Hochstein at You can also write or call her at:

Lucy Edwards Hochstein
Police Section Historian/Archivist
Department of Criminal Justice
Radford University
PO Box 6934
Radford, VA 24142
Phone: (540) 831-6161
Fax: (540) 831-6075

The Police Section is continuing to extend and update its archives. Contributions to this effort will be helpful. For the latest update on the archive, as well as issues being sought, see the report available here.

The archives contain various issues of the following criminal justice related journals. Are dusty copies of criminal justice related journals cluttering up your shelves? The Police Section archivist is happy to take them off your hands. If you need an article and we have the issue, the archivist can make copies of articles for you. A list of current holdings is available here.