The Integration of Psychological Services into Law Enforcement Research Paper

The Integration of Psychological Services into Law Enforcement
A look at the history, development and application of psychological services in the area of law enforcement.
# 153841 | 771 words | 6 sources | APA | 2014 | KE
Published on Mar 19, 2014 in Criminology (Forensics) , Law (General) , Psychology (General)

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This paper begins with some background information on the integration of psychological services into the area of law enforcement. It then presents a look at the positive effects that the application of psychology has had on law enforcement agencies. Additionally, the paper examines the ethical and legal issues that have also arisen as a result of the application of psychological services.

From the Paper:

"Increased applications of psychology in law enforcement departments have led to rampant professional issues, legal issues and ethical issues within the police departments. Professional issues affect police psychologists in their daily activities. One of the professional issues identified is confidentiality. All psychologists gain access to insightful and personal information. As a result, law enforcement psychologists are expected to uphold confidentiality. Equally, they are required to offer professional judgment and opinions to their clients. Similarly, police psychologists are expected to act as evaluators. They should offer independent and fair evaluations. As evaluators, law enforcement psychologists are required to be morally upright. This implies that police psychologists should come up with unbiased assessments to determine whether individuals are fit to work as police officers. While doing so, they are required to take necessary precautions to protect individuals' privacy."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Gudjonsson, G. H. (2003). The psychology of interrogations and confessions a handbook. Chichester, West Sussex, England: Wiley.
  • Kitaeff, J. (2011). Handbook of police psychology. New York: Routledge.
  • Kurke, M. I., & Scrivner, E. M. (1995). Police psychology into the 21st century. Hillsdale, N. J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Wrightsman, L. S. (2001). Forensic psychology. Australia: Wadsworth Thomson Learning .

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