International Journal of Emergency Services (IJES) provides a platform for the development of scholarship in the management of all emergency services both universal services such as Police, Ambulance and Fire & Rescue Services, but also more specialized services such as the Coastguard, Air-Sea and Mountain Rescue. IJES is interested in the functioning of the emergency services, in the planning, prevention and recovery stages of emergencies and disasters, and in responses and reactions to the emergencies.

IJES’s latest issue entitled “People Leadership in the police service: Future Opportunities, Challenges and Directions” is available online:

It is guest edited by Dr. Jonathan Smith, Director, Salmon Personal Development Ltd. and Dr. Ginger Charles, Director of Business Development and Operations, Saybrook University, Oakland, California. It brings together a series of thought pieces, research studies and senior practitioner reflections from key academics and practitioner in America, UK, Africa, and Australia. Leading scholars explore four key themes:

·        Police Culture(s) by  Metcalfe, Grint, Neyroud and Holt;

·        Diversity and inclusion by Herrington and McLeod;

·        Evidence-based policing by Mitchell and Lewis;

·        Leadership Style-Purposeful Leadership by Yarlagadda; Servant Leadership by Rogers and Rowling ; Appreciative enquiry by Kudakwashi;

·        Reflexive practices by Melling and Farrar

Chief Constable Sara Thornton, Chair National Police Chiefs’ Police Council (NPCC) said:

“The capability and expertise of those who lead policing is key to the effectiveness of the policing service. I therefore welcome this edition which can only serve to help leaders to improve their practice.”

Nathan Long, President, Saybrook University, Oakland, California said:

“This panoply of articles affords us the occasion to glean key insights, all of which offer unique applications for improving and enhancing policing and policing leadership, from an international perspective.”

The well written and engaging papers in this issue explore some vital areas in the future of police leadership that not only causes us to reflect now but also advances the literature in emergency services leadership internationally. The papers will inspires the readers to reflect on the future of police leadership, and encourage more scholarly inquiry into this vital field of emergency services management.


Previous issues have covered other critical areas – The second issue of the fifth volume of International Journal of Emergency Services published in 2016 available via this link  includes eight original articles covering the three blue light services. The themes and topics covered in these articles range from leadership and leadership development; organisational culture; stress and sickness; use of social media, aircraft rescue & firefighting policy and retirement issues for emergency workers. Each of the papers provide a rich context ranging from the ambulance, police and fire & rescue services including challenges faced by pet owners in Canada and emergency personnel covering evidence from three continents. This volume brings empirical evidence and conceptual understandings about the emergency services and have significant implications for policy and practice.


For further information about the journal, please contact Editor in Chief:Professor Paresh Wankhade