Daniel PollackDaniel Pollack, professor at Wurzweiler School of Social Work, has published three new pieces, one for The Hill and two for the October 2018 issue of Policy & Practice, the publication of the American Public Human Services Association.

In “Every police officer is not ‘the police’,” an opinion piece in The Hill, Pollack discusses the destructive effects of stereotyping in general and how it can erode our trust in the police in particular. “The bottom line is this,” Pollack concludes. “We want all police officers to see each person in their community as the individual he or she is. But do we, in turn, offer the same respect to those police officers when thinking or talking about them? More often than not, many people do not. And it’s dangerous to use the phrase “the police’ in the plural, in a sweeping, cavalier fashion.”

In “Improving Child Care Licensing Background Checks: The Legal Perspective,” Pollack argues that while “a cursory background check of prospective employees and volunteers may appease the licencor or provide a veneer of diligence should something go wrong,” it is much better to have a rigorous background check, which “will return real value for a child care facility. Not only will it benefit the children, it will also help reduce employee turnover and absenteeism, reduce theft and fraud, and help to avoid unnecessary legal costs.”

“Social Advocacy and Law: Twitter or Shakespeare?,” written with Robert Reiser, argues that while “‘move fast and break things’ may be fine as Facebook’s motto,” it can be disastrous for “long-term, sensible social advocacy,” which would benefit from Shakespeare’s advice: “Wisely, and slow. They stumble that run fast.”

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