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NCJ Number: 136277 Find in a Library
Title: I Will Survive! Goal-Directed Action and Officer Survival
Journal: Law Enforcement Technology  Volume:19  Issue:4  Dated:(April 1992)  Pages:28,30,32-33
Author(s): J J Truncale; P Messina
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 4
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Because criminals often have a goal-directed mindset that helps them survive confrontational situations, police officers are now being taught how to use goal-directed actions to ensure their own survival.
Abstract: Consciously or unconsciously, the criminal is goal-directed, and this psychological mindset applies not only to hardened career criminals, but also to otherwise law-abiding citizens who do not want to be arrested. In contrast, the police officer is so ingrained with being defensive that he or she often has trouble changing the mindset to winning at all costs on the street. Various writers have attempted to deal with the psychology of winning and survival, and some interesting discoveries have been made concerning goal-directed behavior in training courses. For example, defensive tactics lead to goal-oriented action when taught through adaptation of principles and concepts rather than through memorization. Students must be taught and shown that their mind is the key element in survival and that individuals can go beyond their normal capabilities simply by willing themselves to do so. Psychological techniques that have proven to be effective aids in teaching police officers how to psychologically prepare themselves include positive self-talk while training, self-hypnosis, playing "what if" games, and creating physical and mental challenges.
Main Term(s): Police psychological training
Index Term(s): Police effectiveness
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