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NCJ Number: 126725 Find in a Library
Title: Psychological Services for Law Enforcement
Author(s): E Scrivner
Corporate Author: Prince George's Cty Police Dept
United States of America
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: Prince George's Cty Police Dept
Palmer Park, MD 20785
Type: Survey
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Over the past several decades, law enforcement agencies have recognized the need to establish psychological services for police officers who are exposed to extreme forms of trauma and need professional assistance to address their immediate mental health following the incident to facilitate their adjustment back to work.
Abstract: The 1965 Watts riots in Los Angeles demonstrated the usefulness of psychologists in providing human relations training, crisis intervention skill programs, and stress management training to police departments. Another development with psychological relevance occurred when New York City police began arriving at a crime scene while the perpetrators were involved in hostage negotiations. LEAA discretionary grants in the 1970's opened another avenue for police department psychologists, namely pre-employment screening of police applicants. Psychologists also assist with criminal profiling and provide interview techniques for victims and witnesses. Other areas of psychological involvement include programs for officers involved in excessive force complaints, counseling for officers exposed to communicable diseases, and management consultation and organizational development. In an era of increasing violence and uncertainty, also marked by potential changes in traditional methods of selecting and training police officers, the psychologist's role in policing can only expand. 8 references
Main Term(s): Police psychologists; Psychologists role in policing
Index Term(s): Counseling; Hostage negotiations; Police human relations training
Note: Paper presented at the conference of the American Society of Criminology, Baltimore, Maryland, November 1990.
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