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Psychology and Policing

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Peter B. AinsworthDirector, Henry Fielding Centre, University of Manchester

ISBN13: 9781903240441
ISBN: 1903240441
Published: March 2002
Publisher: Willan Publishing
Format: Paperback
Price: £29.99



Applied psychology has become increasingly important in the work of policing, police training and the academic study of policing. This book provides an account of the way in which psychological principles and practices are applied to policing, reflecting the increasing attention being given to this area in the light of recent concerns about police training and its effectiveness - for example the MacPherson report.;The book sets out the main areas of applied psychology which have particular relevance for policing, looking at how these impact in practice on police work - retrieving information, interviewing suspects, undestanding crime patterns and profiling offenders, and negotiation and hostage taking. The author concludes with an assessment of the usefulness of psychology in police work, and the pitfalls and problems which arise with its use.

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Contents:
Introduction; 1 Person perception and interpersonal skills; 2 Attribution, prejudice and stereotyping; 3 Recruitment and training; 4 Aggression and violence; 5 Perception and memory; 6 Retrieving information; 7 Interviewing suspects; 8 Stress and policing; 9 Understanding crime patterns and profiling offenders; 10 Negotiation and hostage taking; Conclusions; Bibliography; Index