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NCJ Number: 148238 Find in a Library
Title: Psychologist and the Police (From Psychology and Law: International Perspectives, P 205-211, 1992, Friedrich Losel, Doris Bender, et al., eds. -- See NCJ-148224)
Author(s): J C Yuille
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: Walter de Gruyter & Co
1 Berlin 30, Germany United
Sale Source: Walter de Gruyter & Co
Genthiner Str 13
1 Berlin 30,
Germany (Unified)
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: Germany (Unified)
Annotation: Psychologists who apply research findings within the context of police organizations to facilitate police recruit selection, police training, and police operations may experience benefits as well as difficulties.
Abstract: Psychologists play various roles in police organizations. They began working directly with the police in the 1960's by providing treatment services. Since the 1970's, the nature of policing has changed. Much of policing now involves the delivery of social services rather than strict law enforcement. For example, police officers must now deal with community relations, minority group issues, domestic violence, and mentally ill individuals. During the past 20 years, police forces have increased their use of psychological tests in police recruit selection. Further, in response to the changing nature of policing, many police forces have modified their training's content and style. There is a clear need for police psychology research, and eyewitness research is the primary focus of forensic research in psychology. Differences between controlled and field research findings are noted, and the application of psychological research to police operations is discussed. 29 references
Main Term(s): Police
Index Term(s): Forensic psychology; Police personnel selection; Police recruits; Police training; Psychological research; Psychologists role in policing
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