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date: 07 October 2022

Police Social Worklocked

Police Social Worklocked

  • Rosemary AlamoRosemary AlamoUniversity of Southern California
  •  and Rick OrnelasRick OrnelasUniversity of Southern California

Summary

Police social workers are professionally trained social workers or individuals with related academic degrees employed within police departments or social service agencies who receive referrals primarily from police officers. Their primary functions are to provide direct services such as crisis counseling and mediation to individuals and families experiencing social problems such as mental illness, alcohol and substance use and abuse, domestic violence, and child abuse, among others. Additional functions of police social workers are mezzo and macro related and include training police officers in stress management, mental illness, substance abuse, domestic violence, and child abuse; providing consultation and counseling to police officers and their families; program planning, development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation; grant writing; legislative advocacy; and community and organizational needs assessment. Essentially, police social workers influence laws, legislation, policies, and practices that impact individuals, families, groups, law enforcement, organizations, and communities.

Subjects

  • Criminal Justice
  • Macro Practice
  • Social Justice and Human Rights

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