Police Psychology and Its Growing Impact on Modern Law Enforcement

Police Psychology and Its Growing Impact on Modern Law Enforcement

Cary L. Mitchell (Pepperdine University, USA) and Edrick H. Dorian (Los Angeles Police Department, USA)
Indexed In: SCOPUS
Release Date: September, 2016|Copyright: © 2017 |Pages: 345
ISBN13: 9781522508137|ISBN10: 1522508139|EISBN13: 9781522508144|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0813-7

Description

Police psychology has become an integral part of present-day police agencies, providing support in the areas of personnel assessment, individual and organizational intervention, consultation, and operational assistance. Research-based resources contribute to those efforts by shedding light on best practices, identifying recent research and developments, and calling attention to important challenges and growth areas that remain.

Police Psychology and Its Growing Impact on Modern Law Enforcement emphasizes key elements of police psychology as it relates to current issues and challenges in law enforcement and police agencies. Focusing on topics relevant to assessment and evaluation of applicants and incumbent officers, clinical intervention and prevention, employee wellness and support, operational consultation, and emerging trends and developments, this edited publication is an essential reference source for practicing police psychologists, researchers, graduate-level students, and law enforcement executives.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Critical Incidents and Psychological Services
  • Emerging Ethical Issues
  • First Responders and Mass Casualty Events
  • Health and Wellness Programs
  • Law Enforcement Officer Suicide
  • Military to Law Enforcement Career Transition
  • Peer Support Teams
  • Police Encounters with Mentally Ill People
  • Preemployment and Fitness-for-Duty Evaluations
  • Social Climate Change and Police Departments

Reviews and Testimonials

The unique content in this volume emphasizes key elements of police psychology as it relates to current issues and challenges in law enforcement and police agencies and is an essential reference source for practicing police psychologists, researchers, graduate-level students, and law enforcement executives. The book covers a vast array of topics, including emerging ethical issues, police suicide, police interactions with the mentally ill, mass casualty events and first responders, and so much more. [...] Multiple copies of this book should be on the top shelf of every police resource center in the nation.

– Thomas E. Baker, Lt. Col. (Ret.) United States Army Reserve Military Police Corps, Special Agent, and Commander with United States Army Criminal Investigation Command, as reviewed for for American Reference Books Annual

Editors Mitchell and Dorian present readers with a collection of academic and professional perspectives on recent developments in police psychology and its growing impact on modern law enforcement and society. The editors have organized the sixteen selections that make up the main body of the text in six parts devoted to assessment and evaluation, clinical intervention and prevention, employee wellness and support, operational consultation, and current trends ad developments in the field. Cary L. Mitchell is a faculty member of Pepperdine University in California. Edrick H. Dorian is with the Los Angeles, California Police Department.

– Protoview Reviews

Police Psychology and Its Growing Impact on Modern Law Enforcement is a comprehensive overview of police psychology, beginning with its evolution in the 1960s to its recent recognition as a specialty. Between the covers, you will find almost everything you wanted to know about the field. The book is a useful reference for psychologists, mental health professionals, and human resource professionals. It will also be useful for those who work for or plan to consult with police departments, as an evaluator, treatment provider, or organizational consultant. It is a clear instruction manual for individuals who offer assessments, intervention services, operational support, and consultation to law enforcement organizations.

– Gary M. Farkas and Melissa A. Villalon, PsycCRITIQUES

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Cary L. Mitchell, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology at Pepperdine University. A licensed psychologist, he has been conducting pre-employment psychological screenings of law enforcement applicants for departments throughout California for over 25 years. Formerly a V.A. psychologist, he has worked in two federal prisons and has been a consultant for the U.S. Department of Justice’s COPS program. For three decades he has taught graduate assessment courses, chaired dissertations, and served in administrative roles at Pepperdine that included Director of Clinical Training in the Psy.D. program and Associate Dean in the Graduate School of Education and Psychology. He has authored multiple grants and co-directs a mental health clinic at a homeless shelter.
Edrick H. Dorian, Psy.D., ABPP, is a police psychologist with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and a clinical psychologist in private practice. He is board certified in both Clinical Psychology and Police & Public Safety Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology, and a diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. At the LAPD, he provides clinical and training services for sworn and civilian law enforcement personnel, responds to critical incidents, serves as a consultant on the SWAT Crisis Negotiation Team, and provides managerial consultation to commanding officers. He has held academic appointments on the adjunct faculties of California State University Northridge, Moorpark College, and the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University; and as Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

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