Knowledge of practical psychology is of increasing relevance in contemporary policing as it becomes more diverse and complex. However, to date, little has been published on the use of psychology and decision-making in everyday policing situations and contexts.
This book is the first to explore how psychological knowledge and research can be used to enhance police performance on a range of operational tasks, ranging from better identification of those giving false personal details, to the minimisation of cognitive bias in criminal investigations. Part of a new textbook series designed to incorporate ‘evidence based policing’ within Higher Education curriculums, each chapter encourages critical reflection followed by suggested further reading.
Of benefit to both police practitioners and students of criminology, psychology, and policing, this unique book will help readers understand complex topics and point them in the direction of further avenues for research.
Dr Jason Roach is Reader in Psychology, Crime and Policing, and Associate Director for the Applied Criminology Centre at the University of Huddersfield, where he conducts crime and policing related research and works with police on serious crime. He has also appeared in the media discussing crime and policing related issues, published more than twenty-five academic articles, and co-written three books.
Policing and psychology: a historical journey;
Police decision making;
Victims, witnesses, and offenders;
Reducing and preventing crime;
Conclusion: The future for psychology and policing.