The Role of the Police Psychologist Case Study by Nicky

A case study on the role of a police psychologist in a hostage situation.
# 145870 | 1,674 words | 1 source | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Nov 30, 2010 in Psychology (General) , Criminology (General)

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The paper explains that as a hostage negotiator, the psychologist employs any level of criminal and social psychology available as tools to resolve the hostage situation. The paper provides a case study of a male who murdered his neighbor and was using his wife and young son as a shield in their home. The paper discusses how the primary goal of the police psychologist called to the scene is to provide operational support in the form of hostage negotiation, without further loss of life to the hostages, or to the suspect. The paper identifies what the psychologist should consider in this situation and also lists a course of action. The paper describes the outcome of the case and shows how the negotiator met the goals of his work by humoring the suspect until the tactical team could resolve the issue.

From the Paper:

"I am going to do everything I can to reassure the suspect that the conditions outside of the house are in his favor, and that his own life is not at risk. He has not threatened to take his own life at this time, and the goal for me is to help him feel that his own life is not being threatened. If he thinks that the neighbor has not been killed, then he might think, too, that this is in his favor.
"I am going to use the food, and the decisions and problems that people face in dealing with those simple tasks every day as a way to continue to stall him, and to ensure that negotiations and talk continues without introducing alcohol into the picture. I use the food request to establish that the hostages inside are still alive, because the suspect has ordered food for everyone. When the food arrives, I am going to send it inside with lots of water, and soda."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Kurke, M. I. & Scrivner, E. M. (Eds.). (1995). Police Psychology into the 21st Century. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Retrieved January 13, 2009, from Questia database:

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