Welcome to a new issue of Nordic Journal of Studies in Policing. In this open issue we are pleased to bring you a series of articles that address topics such as the prevalence and characteristics of when the police applies coercive force (Henriksen & Kruke, 2020), communicative dilemmas in police interviews (Riis-Johansen, 2020), knowledge-based police work (Handegård & Berg, 2020), as well as value-based reflection in planning and experiential learning (Paulsen, 2020).

This is our first issue after we started to accept contributions in English only. In the time to come we therefore still publish papers in authors’ native languages as they were in process before the change was made. To ensure our Nordic heritage, articles will include abstracts in our authors’ native Nordic language. Other changes is that our calls for special issues will be launched continuously on our websites and not be attached to each issue, that authors now include their ORCID iD’s on manuscripts, https://orcid.org/, and news as well as publications are announced on Twitter, https://twitter.com/NordicPolicing

We wish to give a warm thanks to all of you who act as reviewers for your invaluable work. Please ensure that your efforts are visible on Publons, https://publons.com/about/home/ We are totally dependent on you for jointly making it possible for us to publish according to our aim: To put out research on police studies, police science and policing activity in the Nordic countries and through this contribute to the development of policing research, and to be a source of relevant research for academics, practitioners, leadership, and in the education system, the authorities and the media.

We are continuously attentive to our aims. However, we as everybody else may have blind spots. We have therefore approached some of our distinguished editorial board members and asked if they are willing to inform us about whether they find that we are on track with our aims. We are grateful that the invitation has been accepted and look very much forward to the comments during Spring 2020.

In policing as in other professions close to political decisions and societal focus, big changes often occur fast. This spring has in addition brought new elements such as the coronavirus that resulted in the 8th Nordic Police Research Conference, https://seminaarit. polamk.fi/nordic-police-research-seminar/, being postponed. We are currently working on ways to collaborate closer with the biannual conference, so do please meet us at the conference where we will host a “Meeting the editors” session.

The position as Editor-In-Chief in the NJSP rotates between the Nordic countries that contribute to the journal's economy. From autumn 2020, we are pleased to welcome Vesa Muttilainen, PhD, Director of Research, Police University College (FI), as our upcoming EIC. The members of the editorial board of the NJSP are further appointed for a limited period of time (maximum 5 years). My membership was renewed due to a wish to have a stable transfer between editorial teams. This is my last editorial, and my last period in the editorial team. After an open invitation for a new member from Norway in the autumn of 2019, we decided at our last editorial meeting in January 2020 to welcome Linda Hoel, PhD, Associate Professor, Bachelor Department, Norwegian Police University College, Bodø (NO), as a new associate editor from Norway. We strive at having an editorial team that ensures cross-disciplinary and multidisciplinary Nordic studies in policing, as well as diversity in methodological, disciplinary, gender, age, linguistic and cultural backgrounds. In the future, we will especially work to ensure input from scholars in the field that may balance us even better in terms of gender, discipline and methods.

Since the NJSP started in 2014, much has occurred in police research and practice in the Nordic region. Over the years, several changes have been made, some perhaps more (un)expected than others. I am deeply honoured to having had the privilege to serve as a part of the editorial team. In order to stay in touch, I have chosen to continue my ride together with esteemed colleagues in the editorial board.

On my departure from the editorial team, I greatly thank all authors, reviewers, and readers. The best of luck in the continued development of bringing police research and practice together in the years to come. It is my belief that this issue is one of the ways to do so.

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