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Forensic Psychology: Police Operations Support Role

examined how forensic psychology professionals assist police administrators with the staffing, interviewing, evaluating, and training of police professionals. In addition to assisting police professionals in their administrative capacities, forensic psychology professionals assist them in operational functions as well. Police professionals and specialized units engage in a variety of diverse activities, and, if they are receptive, they can draw from the knowledge, skills, and abilities of forensic psychology professionals to assist them. The forensic psychology professional draws on the extensive body of psychological research in the area of police psychology to make police operations more effective.

• Review the following articles. Focus on the roles that forensic psychology professionals perform related to police operations, as well as the value and impact of these roles.

• "Evolutionary Psychology and False Confession"

• "Using a Cold Homicide Case to Teach Criminal Profiling"

• "Neuro-Linguistic Programming: Deciphering Truth in the Criminal Mind"

• "UTEP Places Police-Lineup Tradition on Trial"

• ""I've Got a Girlfriend": Police Officers Doing 'Self-Disclosure' in Their Interrogations of Suspects"

• "Law & Psychiatry: Mental Illness, Police Interrogations, and the Potential for False Confessions"

• Select one forensic psychology professional role that impacts police operations. Think about the function, value, and impact of this role on police operations.

• Conduct an academic search in the Walden Library for scholarly articles that feature the role you selected. Select two articles that best exemplify the role you selected and its impact on police operations.

With these thoughts in mind:

a description of a forensic psychology professional role related to police operations. Explain its function and value to police operations. Then, analyze the impact of this role on police operations. Include examples from two cited journal articles.

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Forensic Psychology: Police Operations Roles

In the practice of law enforcement and policing, competencies in areas of behavior and cognitive assessment can only be provided in certain cases by experts like forensic psychologists, in particular police psychologists whose main body of work is to provide support to police in their role in justice and law enforcement. As an example, an expert can provide much needed support and knowledge in relation to screening validity of witness statements as well as witness credibility. Are the witnesses telling the truth, how valid are their claims? Gone are the days when a simple witness statement is enough for an alibi or for claims. Research over time in the field of psychology and policing has shown that false claims are common or in some cases, false memories. Even when a memory is strong, associations and circumstances of the individual recalling them can lead to the creation of false memories. Such is the case of several men and women who have been incarcerated to have only later on been exonerated by DNA.

Imagine this setting - police officers are interviewing 2 subjects - one is a child who claims to have seen an act of crime, the ...

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