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    Analyze the special challenges related to your selected role. Explain how a forensic psychology professional would address these challenges.

    Analyze and evaluate your conclusions drawn and insights gained as a result of completing this project.

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    Challenges to Police Psychology

    The forensic psychology role I am most interested in is that of a police psychologist. Police psychologists are forensic psychologists whose focus of work is concerned with issues and functions of and affecting police personnel and other law enforcement and public safety workers. According to the Kitaeff (2011), "Police psychology is broadly defined as the application of psychological principles and methods to law enforcement. This growing area includes topics such as screening and hiring of police officers; conducting screening for special squads (e.g., SWAT); fitness-for-duty evaluations; investigations, hostage negotiations; training and consultation, and stress counselling, among others." For me, a police psychology role places the expert on the frontline, to assist and support those who work to keep the peace.


    If there are 2 challenges I believe to be impactful in the role of a police psychologist, they are as follows - the use of excessive force by the police and police psychological trauma because of the nature of their role. According to Scrivner (1994), "Control of excessive force by police officers is ...

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