2nd Edition

Handbook of Police Psychology

Edited By Jack Kitaeff Copyright 2019
    666 Pages
    by Routledge

    666 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Handbook of Police Psychology features contributions from over 30 leading experts on the core matters of police psychology. The collection surveys everything from the beginnings of police psychology and early influences on the profession; to pre-employment screening, assessment, and evaluation; to clinical interventions.

    Alongside original chapters first published in 2011, this edition features new content on deadly force encounters, officer resilience training, and police leadership enhancement. Influential figures in the field of police psychology are discussed, including America’s first full-time police psychologist, who served in the Los Angeles Police Department, and the first full-time police officer to earn a doctorate in psychology while still in uniform, who served with the New York Police Department.

    The Handbook of Police Psychology is an invaluable resource for police legal advisors, policy writers, and police psychologists, as well as for graduates studying police or forensic psychology.


    About the Editor

    Chapter 1: Introduction and History of Police Psychology, J. Kitaeff

    Part 1. General Practice

    Chapter 2: Police Psychological Consultation Services to Public Safety, J.A. Davis

    Chapter 3: Legal Issues Related to Hiring and Promotion of Police Officers, A. Gutman

    Chapter 4: Ethical Issues in Police Psychology, J.L. McCutcheon

    Chapter 5: Police vs. Probation/Surveillance Officers: Similarities and Differences, D.S. Herrmann, B. Broderick

    Part 2. Pre-employment Psychological Screening

    Chapter 6: Criterion-Related Psychological Evaluations, P.A. Weiss, W.U. Weiss

    Chapter 7: Actuarial vs. Clinical Judgment Prediction Models in Pre-employment Psychological Screening of Police Candidates, M.J. Cuttler

    Chapter 8: Appraising and Managing Police Officer Performance, R. Jacobs, C. Thoroughgood, K. Sawyer

    Chapter 9: Assessments for Selection and Promotion of Police Officers, R. Jacobs, L. Cushenbery, P.E. Grabarek

    Chapter 10: The Integration Section of Forensic Psychological Reports in Law Enforcement: Culturally Responsive Ending Words, R. Johnson

    Chapter 11: Challenging the Police De-selection Process, J.M. Arcaya

    Part 3. Training and Evaluation

    Chapter 12: Couples Counseling/Assessment and Use of the Inwald Relationship Surveys, R. Inwald, E.A. Willman, S. Inwald

    Chapter 13: Fitness-For-Duty Evaluations, D. Corey

    Chapter 14: Methods for Real-Time Assessment of Operational Stress During Realistic Police Tactical Training, D. Brisinda, R. Fenici, A.R. Sorbo

    Chapter 15: Evolution of Police Leadership Enhancement, A. Park and J.S. Herndon

    Chapter 16: When Cops Kill: Understanding the Psychology of Deadly Force Encounters, L. Miller

    Part 4. Police Procedure

    Chapter 17: Police Use of Force, F.J. Gallo

    Chapter 18: Hostage Negotiations, W.C. Mullins, M.J. McMains

    Chapter 19: Domestic Violence: An Analysis of the Crime and Punishment of Intimate Partner Abuse, S.L. Brooke, T.K. Straus

    Chapter 20: Police Interviews with Suspects: International Perspectives, K.A. Roberts, V. Herrington

    Chapter 21: Applying Restorative Justice Principles in Law Enforcement, R. Myers

    Part 5. Clinical Practice

    Chapter 22: Police Personality: Theoretical Issues and Research, G.L. Gerber

    Chapter 23: Police and Public Safety Complex Trauma and Grief: An Eco-ethological Existential Analysis, D. Rudofossi

    Chapter 24: Suicide in Law Enforcement, A. Liang, A.A. Abrams, K. Stevens, B. Frechette

    Part 6. Treatment and Dysfunction

    Chapter 25: Cops in Trouble: Psychological Strategies for Helping Officers Under Investigation, Criminal Prosecution, or Civil Litigation, L. Miller

    Chapter 26: Evidence-Based Psychological Interventions to Promote Officer Resiliency, S. B. Stern & M. Galietta

    Chapter 27: Critical Incident Reactions and Early Interventions, S. Best, E. Kirschman, A. Artwohl

    Chapter 28: Critical Knowledge for Clinicians Debriefing Critical Incidents in Law Enforcement, J. E. Roland

    Chapter 29: The Disconnected Values Model: A Brief Intervention of Improving Healthy Habits and Coping With Stress in Law Enforcement, M.H. Anshel

    Chapter 30: Mentally Ill—Crying "Help!" Police & Public Health Prevention, Intervention & Post-vention, D. Rudofossi


    Jack Kitaeff, PhD, JD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He received his undergraduate education at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, and his graduate psychology education at the State University of New York and the University of Mississippi. He received his law degree from the Antonin Scalia School of Law at George Mason University, and completed a legal clerkship with the United States 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 later became the first police psychologist for the Arlington County Police Department, where he established a pre-employment psychological screening program for all police applicants, and for officers applying for special units such as SWAT, Hostage Negotiations, and VICE. He has been the consulting police psychologist for numerous law enforcement agencies. He has also served as the Director of Psychology for the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute. He is an adjunct professor in the Department of Criminology, law and Society at George Mason University, and an adjunct professor with the George Washington University Department of Psychology. He is also a contributing 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, a Fellow in the American College of Legal Medicine, and a member of the American Psychological Association. He maintains a private practice in clinical psychology in Fairfax, Virginia.

    Praise for the First Edition

    "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, USA

    "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, USA

    "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, USA

    "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, Ottawa, Canada

    "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