Public Description of Police Psychology
Police Psychology is concerned with assisting law enforcement and other public safety personnel and agencies in carrying out their missions and societal functions with optimal effectiveness, safety, health and conformity to laws and ethics.
Police Psychology consists of the application of the science and profession of psychology in four primary domains of practice: assessment, clinical intervention, operational support and organizational consulting.
Police Psychology requires, at a minimum, distinctive knowledge of the following:
Essential functions of police and public safety personnel
Working conditions unique to their respective positions
Common and novel stressors inherent in public safety work
Normal and abnormal adaptation to occupational stress and trauma
Research pertinent to resilience and recovery in public safety personnel
The unique aspects of confidentiality and testimonial privilege when providing services to public safety personnel and/or agencies.
Specialized knowledge beyond this foundation is needed for practice within each of the four domains.
- Commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology (CRSPPP)
- Principles for the Recognition of Proficiencies in Professional Psychology
- Procedures for Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies
- Principles for the Recognition of Specialties in Professional Psychology (PDF, 43KB)
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