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    Police professionals face many challenges throughout their careers. They start their careers after an initial screening, and proceed through the police academy where they learn how to enforce laws and mete out consequences to those who do not follow them. Police must respond to gang violence, substance abuse-related crimes, domestic violence, and threats of terror, among many other high-risk situations and crimes. Challenges vary according to the community the police serve and according to the calls to which they respond. They constantly are confronted with unpredictable and unknown circumstances, and although there are benefits to their jobs and they can retire at an early age, police are often forced to leave, or they leave voluntarily because of external and internal pressures. The forensic psychology professional can research these challenges and assist police professionals in dealing with them.

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    • Select a special challenge that a forensic psychology professional may encounter when working with or in a police force. Think about how a forensic psychology professional could address these challenges.

    a description of one special challenge encountered by forensic psychology professionals when working with or in a police force. Explain how you would address this challenge. Be specific and support your responses with at least one reference to a peer-reviewed academic journal article.

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    Sample Issue - Forensic/Police Psychology

    Police Psychology is a specialized branch of forensic psychology that if focused in exploring subjects and issues specific to police personnel, staff and other workers in the field of law enforcement and justice. According to Corey (2008), "Police psychologists focus their activities on one of three primary groups: (1) the functional work units within law enforcement agencies (such as homicide investigations, hostage negotiation teams, patrol divisions, family services, personnel divisions, and so on); (2) police employees; and (3) applicants to the various entry-level, promotional, and specialty positions in law enforcement settings." These activities, as with any areas of research and science application to social systems bring with it a number of issues. With the provision and counselling of police officers a major duty so as to ensure their mental health and fitness for their roles, the issue of participation, especially in treatment, becomes an obstacle both for the function of policing (the officer must be cleared by the psychologist before he can be given his duties again) and achieving the goals ...

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