Police Psychology Into the 21st Century

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Martin I. Kurke, Ellen M. Scrivner
Psychology Press, Apr 15, 2013 - Psychology - 550 pages
As we approach the 21st century, there is a discernable shift in policing, from an incident-driven perspective to a proactive problem solving stance often described as "community policing." In this volume a panel of 21 psychologists examine the changing directions in policing and how such changes impact on psychological service delivery and operational support to law enforcement agencies. The book describes existing and emerging means of providing psychological support to the law enforcement community in response to police needs to accommodate new technology, community-oriented problem solving technology, crime prevention, and sensitivity to community social changes.

Senior psychologists who are sworn officers, federal agents and civilian employees of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies comprise the team of chapter authors. Their perspectives encompass their collective experience "in the trenches" and in law enforcement management and administrative support roles. They discuss traditional applications of psychology to police selection, training and promotion processes, and in trauma stress management and evaluation of fitness for duty. Concerns related to police diversity and police family issues are also addressed, as are unique aspects of police stress management. Additional chapters are dedicated to establishing psychological service functions that currently are less familiar to police agencies than they are to other government and private sector service recipients. These chapters are devoted to police psychologists as human resource professionals, as human factors experts in accommodating to new technology and to new legal requirements, as organizational behavioral experts, and as strategic planners.

This text is recommended reading for two groups:
*police and public safety administators whose work takes them--or should take them--into contact with police psychologists;
*practicing and would-be police psychologists concerned with the emerging trends in the application of psychology to police and other public safety programs.

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Having been a police officer for 37 years I have seen my fair share of death, destruction and mayhem and to say that cops do not suffer as much as victims of crime is ludicrous. This book, what I have read of it, serves to educate the community of the plight of the average cop and what they endure on a daily basis. In general the community has no idea of the psychological damage that human nature and its foibles and the attempts that the average human being goes to, to destroy themselves or other human beings. Cops are a fairly resilient group of people who become somewhat insular to the gross situations they are faced with and they keep going no matter what. For too long little or no support for, not only cops but, all members of the emergency services and the military was practically non existent and cops preferred to drink themselves into oblivion, as a coping mechanism, or commit suicide. Again, this book is written in such a way as to inform people, who care to read it and who care about their fellow woman/man, about what cops face and how they cope. 

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there were many investigation on killing of a police and notice that it was not ordinary police but thre was a saying that his own police friend who killed him.so u no no police can be trusted now a days ,that police is found ill let you a no.DEATH IS UP ON US.


Series Foreword
A Historyof Police Psychological Services
ManagingProfessional Concerns in the Delivery of Psychological Services
Legal Issues Regarding Police Psychology
Clinical Issues
Employee Assistance Programs in Police Organizations
Professionally Administered Critical Incident Debriefing for Police Officers
Law Enforcement Families
An Investigative
New Roles for Police Psychology
Human Resources Management
Strategic Planning

Elizabeth K Whiteand Audrey L Honig 11 Counseling Issues
Hostage Negotiations Team Training for Small Police Departments

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