1st Edition

Handbook of Police Psychology

Edited By Jack Kitaeff Copyright 2011
    592 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Handbook of Police Psychology represents the contributions of over thirty police psychologists, all experts in their field, on the core subject matters of police psychology. Police psychology is broadly defined as the application of psychological principles and methods to law enforcement. This growing area includes topics such as screening and hiring of police officers; conducting screening for special squads (e.g., SWAT); fitness-for-duty evaluations; investigations, hostage negotiations; training and consultation, and stress counseling, among others. The book examines the beginnings of police psychology and early influences on the profession such as experimental investigations of psychological testing on police attitude and performance. Influential figures in the field of police psychology are discussed, including the nation’s first full-time police psychologist who served on the Los Angeles Police Department, and the first full-time police officer to earn a doctorate in psychology while still in uniform with the New York Police Department.

    J. Kitaeff, Introduction and History of Police Psychology. Part 1. General Practice. J.A. Davis, Police Psychological Consultation Services to Public Safety. A. Gutman, Legal Issues Related to Hiring and Promotion of Police Officers. J. McCutcheon, Ethical Issues in Police Psychology. D.S. Herrmann, B. Broderick, Police vs. Probation/Surveillance Officers: Similarities and Differences. Part 2. Pre-Employment Psychological Screening. P.A. Weiss, W.U. Weiss, Criterion-related Psychological Evaluations. M. Cuttler, Actuarial vs. Clinical Judgment Prediction Models in Pre-employment Psychological Screening of Police Candidates. R. Jacobs, C.N. Thoroughgood, K.B. Sawyer, Appraising and Managing Police Officer Performance. R. Jacobs, L. Pesin, P.E. Grabarek, Assessments for Selection and Promotion of Police Officers. R. Johnson, The Integration Section of Forensic Psychological Reports in Law Enforcement: Culturally Responsive Ending Words. J.M. Arcaya, Challenging the Police De-selection Process. Part 3. Training and Evaluation. R. Inwald, E.A. Willman, S. Inwald, Couples Counseling/Assessment and Use of the Inwald Relationship Surveys. D. Corey, Fitness-For-Duty Evaluations. D. Brisinda, R. FeniciA.R. Sorbo, Methods for Real-Time Assessment of Operational Stress During Realistic Police Tactical Training. Part 4. Police Procedure. F. Gallo, Police Use of Force. W. Mullins, M.J. McMains, Hostage Negotiations. S. Brooke, T. Straus, Domestic Violence: An Analysis of the Crime and Punishment of Intimate Partner Abuse. K. Roberts, V. Herrington, Police Interviews with Suspects: International Perspectives. R. Myers, Applying Restorative Justice Principles in Law Enforcement. Part 5. Clinical Practice. G.L. Gerber, Police Personality: Theoretical Issues and Research. D. Rudofossi, Police and Public Safety Complex Trauma and Grief: An Eco-Ethological Existential Analysis. A. Liang, A.A. Abrams, K. Stevens, B. Frechette, Suicide in Law Enforcement. Part 6. Treatment and Dysfunction. L. Miller, Cops in Trouble: Psychological Strategies for Helping Officers under Investigation, Criminal Prosecution, or Civil Litigation. S. Best, E. Kirschman, A. Artwohl, Critical Incident Reactions and Early Interventions. J.E. Roland, Developing and Maintaining Successful Peer Support Programs in Law Enforcement. M.H. Anshel, The Disconnected Values Model: A Brief Intervention of Improving Healthy Habits and Coping with Stress in Law Enforcement.


    Jack Kitaeff, Ph.D., J.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist in the Commonwealth of Virginia specializing in police and forensic psychology. He received his undergraduate education at Brooklyn College, and his graduate psychology education at the State University of New York at Cortland and the University of Mississippi. He received his law degree from the George Mason University School of law, and completed a legal clerkship with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Virginia.

    Dr. Kitaeff completed a clinical psychology internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and served as a psychologist and Major in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps. He became the first police psychologist for the Arlington County Police Department, where he established a pre-employment psychological screening program for police applicants. From 1984 to the present he has been the consulting police psychologist for numerous law enforcement agencies in the northern Virginia area, including the Arlington County Sheriff’s Office, among others. Dr. Kitaeff is an adjunct professor of psychology with the University of Maryland, University College. He is also a faculty member in the School of Psychology at Walden University. He is a Diplomate in Police Psychology from the Society of Police and Criminal Psychology, and a member of the American Psychological Association.

    Dr. Kitaeff is the editor of Malingering, Lies, and Junk Science in the Courtroom (Cambria Press, 2007), and the author of Jews in Blue (Cambria Press, 2006), and Forensic Psychology (Prentice-Hall, 2010).

    "The editor has found THE TOP experts to write the most appropriate chapters. Every practicing police psychologist would buy a book like this. Kitaeff did a fine job of looking at comparable books but none will be able to compete with this book" - David R. Englert, Behavioral Science, Air Force Office of Special Investigations

    "I would enthusiastically recommend this book to anyone searching for a state of the art reference volume on police psychology." - Laurence Miller, PhD Boca Raton, Florida

    "Jack Kitaeff has compiled an exceptional book on a critical topic in policing. This handbook is the perfect desk reference for police legal advisors, policy writers and police psychologists who need to create defensible policies or who work with active police officers." - Jon M. Shane, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Law and Police Science, New York

    "Jack Kitaeff has brought together a cast of stellar contributors to produce an extremely comprehensive and well organized book. It will surely be of value to students who want to become police psychologists and to individuals who are currently working in the field. An excellent resource, full of valuable information." - Craig Bennell, Carleton University, USA

    "This is a fascinating book and should be read by all psychologists involved in working with the police. It illustrates beautifully the important interface between police practice and applied psychology." - Gisli Gudjonsson, Psychology Department, King's College London, UK