Social Work Policing: An Embedded Autonomous Model

Roy Tatem Jr. MS in Integrative Social Science thesis defense image

The faculty of Social Sciences invites the ASU community to attend this master's thesis defense by Roy Tatem Jr., who is completing the Master of Science in Integrative Social Science at ASU's Polytechnic campus.

Tatem's thesis is a small-n case study that inductively builds a theory of embedded autonomous social work policing. Embedded autonomous social work policing is a proposed model of social work policing that entails MSW social workers being at once embedded and trained within police departments while remaining hired, funded and answerable to the human services bureaucracy in a locality. 

Roy M. Tatem Jr. obtained a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in philosophy in 1998 from the historic Virginia State University. He went on to serve as a staffer for Senator Chuck Robb (D-VA). Tatem then served as the grassroots coordinator for Hampton Roads for Barack Obama in 2008 and as the deputy director for African American outreach for Bernie Sanders in 2016.

Tatem was elected president of the East Valley NAACP in 2017 and continues to serve as a board member. He also serves as chair of Sheriff Paul Penzone’s African American Advisory Committee, is a member of the Chandler Unified School District Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board, City of Tempe African American Advisory Committee and Tempe’s Public Safety Task Force. Tatem also completed the Race, Equity and Leadership in Schools Program at Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2019. 

Faculty of Social Science, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Joshua Kane, Lecturer

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