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NCJ Number: 120303 Find in a Library
Title: Police Work
Author(s): P B Ainsworth; K Pease
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 182
Sponsoring Agency: British Psychological Soc
Leicester, LE1 7DR, England
Publication Number: ISBN 0-901715-44-1
Sale Source: British Psychological Soc
St Andrews House
48 Princess Road East
Leicester, LE1 7DR,
United Kingdom
Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Using psychological principles, this book instructs police officers in the handling of various behaviors by offenders, victims, and the public, as well as in the management of their own behaviors.
Abstract: The book opens with a discussion of the importance of psychology in the development of effective policing techniques. Regarding communication, a chapter addresses the dynamics of nonverbal communication, i.e., the meaning of bodily postures, movements, and gestures. This is followed by a chapter on the dynamics of perception. This chapter discusses factors in determining what a particular person perceives, observes, and interprets in a given circumstance. This is intended to help officers in not only assessing witness reports but in critiquing their own perceptions. The related topics of memory functioning and the mind's processing of information are also considered. Other topics relate to factors that determine whether or not citizens will intervene in a crisis situation, behavior in groups, how circumstances affect criminal behaviors, discrimination, crisis intervention in family disputes, hostage taking, fear of crime, and relating to crime victims. One chapter addresses the management of police occupational stress. Chapter references, subject index.
Main Term(s): Police human relations training
Index Term(s): Crisis intervention; Discrimination; Fear of crime; Police occupational stress; Police-citizen interactions
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