Discussion: Contemporary field of police psychology

Discussion: Contemporary field of police psychology

Discussion: Contemporary field of police psychology

Police psychology is a wide, still-developing field. Pick a topic pertinent to the contemporary field of police psychology and, in a research paper, analyze its impact on the field from a psychological perspective.

Some possible topic ideas may include:

Psychological issues for K9 handlers

Family support and the role of a police psychologist

Biology and psychology of shift work for first responders

Responding to workplace violence calls

Eyewitness memory

Dealing with officer-involved shootings

Dealing with post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSDs) and first responders

Effectiveness of therapy for officers

Psychology of germ warfare—pre/during/and post incident

Latest research on psychological instruments to assess police officer suitability

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Tasks:

Create a 10-page paper in a Microsoft Word document by addressing the following:

Explain the particular issue or phenomenon from a psychological perspective and its impact on the practice of police psychology. As any issue has multiple perspectives, each of these perspectives should be researched, explained, and related.

Culminate the facts and various perspectives into your own well-thought-out conclusion that directly relates to your thesis presented in the abstract and introduction of the paper.

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