In the five years since its launch, the Journal of Community Safety and Well-Being (CSWB) has achieved a credible global position as a unique voice for educating professionals and sharing knowledge that impacts and improves approaches to multi-sector collaboration, and overall community safety and well-being. Thanks to the collective efforts of the Editorial team, Publishing team, CSKA, and a global body of contributors, 2020 has been the most exciting year for the Journal to date. Listed in detail below are a few of our 2020 highlights including our COVID-themed issue, the launch of our new and improved journal website and the addition of a Social Media Editor to our Editorial team. Take a look!

Publication of our COVID-19 Themed Issue

The response to our Call for Papers exceeded our expectations, and this special issue was our largest to date, by far. Just over one month after publication, the table of contents from this issue is the third most viewed of all time—demonstrating the importance and relevance to our readership and the global community. The Journal also had its largest ever number of website visitors in a single month, with over 2,200 in July 2020.

Launch of our New & Improved Journal Website

To coincide with the publication of our COVID-themed issue, we launched the new website for the Journal. We hope you have enjoyed navigating the new site! In addition to its fresh design and modern feel, the new site comes with many enhancements and exciting features. Discover some of our favourites and learn more here.

The Journal Welcomes Rheanne Scott to the Editorial Team

We are thrilled to have Rheanne as part of the Journal’s Editorial team as our Social Media Editor. Rheanne will work with the Journal's Editorial team to help broaden the Journal's global voice and grow community engagement in a meaningful way through delivering important research, critical findings, education, and the latest sector-specific news. Learn more about Rheanne in our Editor Spotlight further below.

The Journal continues to build upon its successes, and we are excited to share the next steps in our Community Safety and Well-being journey. More to come in our September 2020 issue of the Journal, and the next edition of The Dispatch—stay tuned!

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I Can’t Wait for the Listening Phase to Kick In

Norman E. Taylor
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Community Safety and Well-Being

I read on the morning of August 17th that a settlement has finally been reached in response to a class action suit against the Toronto Police Services Board. The action was brought by over a thousand individuals whose rights were trampled and whose dignities were unquestionably denied as they were caught up in a Keystone Kops display of crowd control during the G20 Summit … in June of 2010. I can still recall the shock and anger my wife and I shared that night, watching and gasping as the scenes of Moms and Dads, ‘kettled’ by an armed force and trapped under a hard rain, unfolded before our eyes on Canadian television news. No real matter to us, some might say, as we weren’t there. But, for those who were, one can only wonder how far a paltry settlement cheque will go, fully ten years after the fact, to restoring their broken faith and trust.

Thankfully, the full scale and consequence of that isolated but troubling weekend also remained relatively contained. Certainly so, by comparison to what we have witnessed since the brutal slaying of George Floyd in late May of this year, and by an ensuing montage of conflict between policing as an institution and a whole range of broken faith and trust being felt and expressed by many, rising in the USA, and extending into Canada and elsewhere around the world.

There is an early phase in almost every new or newly sparked conflict, whether small or large in scale, that begins with the yelling, the testifying, the blaming, and the often unrealistic and inflexible demands for redress. Lines are drawn as rigid positions form. Positions are then defended, just as loudly and vehemently, hurled about by growing factions, self-affirming in their solidarity, expressed in tones vivid enough to confirm their self-justified absoluteness. Any experienced dispute resolution professional can tell you that good, lasting, quality solutions will never come out from such a phase. And, if not stopped soon enough, a lot of damage will be done.

It seems it is still the more commonplace reflex for both allegedly aggrieved parties and their alleged ‘aggrievers’ to jump toward such power-based, beat-down negotiating tactics, where winning seems to be the only goal worth pursuing. But we know that in most cases, some degree of losing is an inevitable cost-of-conflict for everyone concerned.

The aims and promises of alternative dispute resolution models, on the other hand, are quite simple to express, albeit often very hard to attain. Through mediation, or simply through more mature and skilled forms of interaction, it is possible to turn disputes, even the long historical ones, into a shared quest for the best achievable and lasting quality of outcomes for all parties to the dispute; and, for relationships to become stronger in the process, not weaker than before.

For this ever to occur, the yelling must stop, the honest storytelling must be allowed to begin, and the parties must somehow yield to listening. Really listening.

R Scott Downing Street

Rheanne Scott

Social Media Editor, JCSWB

Rheanne has been a leader in the policing, justice, and security sector for the past 15 years, delivering a wide range of progressive and innovative projects in Canada, the UK, and Ireland. She has been a civil servant for the Ontario and UK Governments, and for nearly a decade, Rheanne has worked with dozens of policing and justice organizations with KPMG and Deloitte as a management consultant.

Rheanne has now ventured out on her own, starting Revival Advisory Services, and was recently recognized as an Emerging Leader in Security and Defence by WiDS Canada. She holds a Masters Degree in Criminology (University of Leicester), and an Honours BA in Criminology and Sociology (University of Toronto). She is a trained practitioner in restorative approaches.

Rheanne is passionate about travel, and has run a popular Instagram account and website over the past five years. You can follow along at @woman.meets.world on Instagram!


Have you had the chance to read our July issue? To view the Table of Contents and articles from this special COVID-themed issue, please visit:


Highlights from this issue include:

COVID’s reckoning: A crack in everything, and the light got in
Norman E. Taylor

”She completely twisted the body language”: Pandemic, parody, politics, and comedy in the era of coronavirus
[Food For Afterthought]
Oluchi Gloria Ogbu

Addressing the “shadow pandemic” through a public health approach to violence prevention
[Social Innovation Narrative]
Lara C. Snowdon, Emma R. Barton, Annemarie Newbury, Bryony Parry, Mark A. Bellis, Joanne C. Hopkins

Mental health and well-being of police in a health pandemic
[Social Innovation Narrative]
Jacqueline M. Drew, Sherri Martin

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


Check out our Top 3 most read articles for the Journal of CSWB based on the number of full text views and downloads recorded on our website from August 1, 2019 to July 31, 2020. Click here to view other articles from our archives.

On the economics of post-traumatic stress disorder among first responders in Canada (15,734 Views)
Stuart Wilson, Harminder Guliani, Georgi Boichev
Vol 1, No 2 (2016)

The ethical dangers and merits of predictive policing (5,233 Views)
Moish Kutnowski
Vol 2, No 1 (2017)

Mobilizing and engaging your community to reduce victimization and reinvest police resources (4,356 Views)
J.V.N. (Vince) Hawkes
Vol 1, No 2 (2016)


Follow Us on LinkedIn for More Ways to Connect & Stay Informed

We are pleased to announce that the Journal of CSWB is now on LinkedIn. Follow us to receive highlights on the latest CSWB & LEPH related news and research, journal announcements, call for papers and much more!

Submit your Research to the Journal of CSWB—an OPEN ACCESS Publication

Did you know that the Journal of CSWB is an OPEN ACCESS publication? The Journal publishes peer-reviewed content under an open access creative commons license, where all articles are freely available and permanently accessible immediately upon publication, without subscription or registration barriers.

Interested in submitting? Visit our “For Authors” menu on our website, which will take you through the journey of submitting to the Journal, author guidelines, submission process and instructions, with a direct link to the submission page. Submission of your files is efficient and seamless!


Become a Reviewer and Get Involved


Want to get involved? We invite you to register as a Reviewer with the Journal. Getting involved in the peer review process can be a highly rewarding experience that can also improve your own research and help to further your career. Reviewers also play an integral role in ensuring the high standards of the Journal are met through evaluating manuscripts and providing constructive criticism to editors and authors. Learn more here.


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