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Diversity and Policing (a Topic in Police Psychology)

The term diversity, as used in this course, is defined broadly to include not only race and ethnicity, but also religion, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, physical ability, age, and other characteristics. The purpose of diversity training in the work place is to raise awareness of such differences and to help pe

Forensic Psychology Professionals and Police Administration

Police professionals, like other employees, need direction, guidance, training, and reinforcement from their supervisors. Police administrators are responsible for this type of supervision, as well as for ensuring that the overall mission of the department is carried out effectively. In addition, police administrators must be ad

Cultural Issues & Law Enforcement

how would you recommend addressing social and cultural norms that adversely affect the relationship between law enforcement and the citizens they are to serve and protect? There definitely has to be an exerted on both sides and should be an ongoing process.

Diversity in Policing and Psychology

In order to work with diverse populations, police professionals must be aware of areas of concern that are specific to the populations they serve. Police professionals also must consider and adopt an appropriate style of interaction for each population. Those who do acquire the necessary skills specific to working with a particu

Diversity, Law Enforcement, and Forensic Psychology

The term "diversity" typically refers to differences among populations. Diversity includes, but is not limited to, race and ethnicity. According to the United States Immigration Statistics (Lee & Rytine, 2009), 1,046,539 people were naturalized as U.S. citizens in 2008. The leading groups of foreign-born citizens came from Mexic

Issues on Police/Forensic Psychology Practice

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, dome

Psychological Competency Skills - Police Training

Psychological Skills for the Police Professional Police officer candidates need to be 21 years old for eligibility to enter a police academy, where they are then trained to interact with the public and possibly engage in life threatening activities. Once on the job, police officers must have many skills to carry out their res

Psychological Skills for the Police Professional

Introduction Knight to queen's bishop. Rook to queen's knight. As you probably know, these statements apply to the game of chess. Chess requires skill in order to play successfully. You need to know the rules of the game and understand how each piece moves. You need to think ahead in order to outwit your opponent. You need to

Impact of Forensic Psychology Professional Roles in Policing

In ancient civilizations, police officer positions developed from the military. Their job was to be guardians of peace or bodyguards for rulers. In addition, in ancient Greece, slaves were used as police to keep order and to control crowds. Romans organized the first non-military police force when Augustus Caesar created separat

APA's Division 18 - Psychologists in Public Service

Describe the second major moment for psychology and police was that a Police and Public Safety Psychology Section was developed within the Division of Psychologists in Public Service (Division 18) of the APA.

The lifespan of an officer

review the article, "The Life of a Police Officer: A Developmental Perspective." Review the article, "Tough Cop—Soft Cop? The Impact of Motivations and Experiences on Police Officers' Approaches to the Public." Consider the impact of a police officer's motivations and experiences on his or her approaches to the public. Think

Successful & Unsuccessful Police Officers

Theorists, as far back as Sigmund Freud, have studied human personality and the changes that a person goes through from birth to adulthood. Since then, trait theorists have studied specific aspects of personality that are relatively enduring and can describe the way a person behaves, feels, and interacts with the environment. In

Forensic Psychology - Contributions to Policing

To truly understand a field of study, you must first understand its place and relevance in history. Although forensic psychology, i.e., the study of psychology as it relates to legal issues, may have begun as early as the 1800s, its impact on police work did not occur until much later. In 1919, Germany recognized the need for ps

The Development of Police Psychology

In every profession, critical events occur that reveal the need for the development of a specialized field of study, a technique, or an intervention. By examining these events after they occur, you can discern what would have been helpful in either preventing these crises, or less importantly, intervening to de-escalate them. Wh

Forensic Technology Impact to Practice

Innovation in technology and its impact on professional advancement often go hand in hand. As technology changes, most professions, including forensic psychology, must adapt to remain viable. Technological advances, such as using new identification techniques, podcasts of proceedings, and computers and videoconferencing to aid i

Courtroom Etiquette and Potential Breaches

Adhering to courtroom etiquette is not only a civility, but also a requirement of proper courtroom behaviour. As a forensic psychology professional working in the courts, you must be mindful of professional etiquette as well as courtroom-specific etiquette. Breaches of professional etiquette are problematic, but breaches of cour

Preparing for Testimony: Ethics & Reflection

Explain the ethical and legal considerations related to the case. Be sure to cite ethical codes and guidelines that apply. Reflection What did you learn as a result of completing this l Project? That is, what insights did you have? What did you find valuable from doing this Project

Preparing for Court Testimony: Etiquette & Court Rules

Testimony Explain what you did to prepare for testifying and what specific courtroom etiquette you followed. Write a set of cross-examination questions you might anticipate being asked, explain what your responses might be, and explain how you would prepare to testify in response to these questions. Evaluations

Mr. Bumbles: Forensic Psychologist Court Expert Testimony

Filming Your Testimony Film your testimony once you feel prepared, and be sure to keep in mind courtroom etiquette, verbal and nonverbal communication, as well as appearance. When filming your testimony, your partner does not have to be on camera, but he or she must still act as the attorney and read each of the Case Stud

Fact and Expert Witnesses

All witnesses are not equal. There are significant differences between a fact witness and an expert witness, and the preparation of each for testimony requires different strategies. Fact witnesses can testify only to what they know directly, whereas expert witnesses can testify not only to their areas of expertise, but also to i

Murder on a Sunday Morning (Effective Testimony)

Testimony from a fact or expert witness can be effective or ineffective. Effective testimony provides persuasive information to the trier of fact (the judge or jury) in any case. Although truthful and ethical testimony is always the goal, there are ways in which information can be presented that may help forensic psychology prof

On the Daubert Standard

Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals was a landmark case for forensic psychology professionals as it deviated from the Frye test, which is used as the threshold for judging the reliability of scientific evidence and expert witness credibility. As a result of the Daubert standard, many courts now incorporate language such as Is

Mental Illness Case: Preparing as an Expert

The majority of testimony delivered in courts by forensic psychology professionals is related to psychological evaluation data. Ultimately, any testimony that forensic psychology professionals give will be driven by the procedures they choose to employ from the beginning of the case, from the time the referral question is receiv

Forensic Psychology Specializations

Examine areas of forensic psychology consultation within the courts and how these affect the outcomes of trials. By now it should be apparent that one of the key aspects of consultation is expertise in the area of focus with which the forensic psychology professional is assisting. Your focus should be on one area of interest to

Forensic Psychology Areas of Consultancy

There are many areas in which a forensic psychology professional can consult with the courts. Areas in which consultants provide valuable insight include, but are not limited to, battered woman's syndrome, eyewitness testimony, hostage negotiation, and interviewing or interrogation techniques. Although the verdict does not rest

Reflections on Police-Induced Confessions

The term consultation is vague and can apply to a wide array of activities. Yet, in focusing specifically on the legal system and the field of forensic psychology, the express term forensic psychology consultation is often used to define the consultation that occurs within and between these two fields. The forensic psychology pr

Psychological Evaluations in Juvenile Justice

Criminal courts ordinarily handle adults accused of felony crimes. At times, criminal courts will manage cases involving juveniles but only when they have been remanded out of juvenile court. Criminal courts often rely on psychological evaluations to determine a number of different competencies of the accused. The potential appl

Incorrect Psychological Evaluations: Cultural Bias & Interpretations

No one would argue the seriousness and importance of properly conducting forensic psychological evaluations and using appropriate evaluation methods when working with the courts. For instance, in civil trials, money is often at stake. In juvenile courts, the potential rehabilitation of the accused, which will in turn affect the

Forensic Evaluations in Civil Court

There are various types of forensic psychology evaluations that are helpful in issues germane to the civil courts. Some issues relevant to civil court proceedings include child custody issues, issues assessed by independent medical examinations (IMEs), competency issues of all types (i.e., competency to handle one's financial af

Doing Forensic Psychology Evaluations - preparation points

As a forensic psychology professional, you will most likely work within civil courts at some point; therefore, you must understand how to plan a prior (or, prior to) when conducting a forensic psychology evaluation. There are many methods for planning and conducting forensic psychology evaluations. However, certain steps are imp