A Handbook For Psychological Fitness For Duty Evaluations In Law Enforcement

Author: Cary D. Rostow
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317825195
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While some books about police psychology contain a chapter on the fitness-for-duty question, this is the first comprehensive publication focused exclusively on psychological fitness-for-duty evaluations (FFDEs) for law enforcement personnel. This handbook is ideal for professionals and for coursework designed to prepare individuals for careers as police or municipal officials, psychologists, students, behavioral science specialists, human rights advocates, and attorneys. A helpful glossary makes the book even more useful for students and those who do not have extensive academic or formal training in psychology or public administration. A Handbook for Psychological Fitness-for-Duty Evaluations in Law Enforcement describes in detail the mechanics of setting up a fitness-for-duty methodology and examines the effectiveness of FFDEs in law enforcement. You’ll find clear instructions for developing a FFDE system from the law enforcement executive’s viewpoint (valuable for attorneys, police psychologists, and civil service board members as well), and an extensive bibliography with particular emphasis on laws and cases that provide guidance to psychological and law enforcement professionals. Several appendices provide examples of documentation that can be used in the evaluation process. This book brings you reliable information on: legal precedents, with a review of legal cases (in language appropriate for law enforcement executives and psychologists) the interaction between police culture, psychological assessment, and therapy federal laws that impact FFDEs, including the HIPAA, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act and the Fair Credit Reporting Act case law and FFDEs, with emphasis on civil rights laws, labor issues, professional ethical dilemmas, and the psychologist as a potential expert witness the proper uses—and the misuses—of the FFDE approach police departmental civil liability and the role that the FFDE plays in addressing legal risks In addition, this book contains a succinct review of psychological testing (psychometrics), and the technicalities of employing a professional psychologist to determine the fitness of commissioned officers. A Handbook for Psychological Fitness-for-Duty Evaluations in Law Enforcement proposes a model law that could be used to improve the utility and effectiveness of FFDEs, and presents a forward-looking discussion of FFDE issues that may become controversial in the near future.

Fit Unfit Or Misfit

Author: Kathleen P. Decker
Publisher: Charles C Thomas Publisher
ISBN: 0398076618
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This book is the product of a decade of clinical practice, research, and collaboration with a variety of professionals. It presents an overall perspective on the reasons for performing fitness for duty (FFD) evaluations and understanding of the process, why such evaluations are performed and the expectations of the professionals conducting such evaluations. Stress in law enforcement personnel and the reasons why law enforcement professionals experience difficulty is explored. Common causes of unfit officers are examined, including major psychiatric syndromes, personality disorders, and interesting findings regarding family psychiatric history in officers found fit or unfit for duty. Many of the myriad of structured psychological tests that can be used in FFD evaluations are discussed. Medication issues in FFD evaluations are explored as well as the potential impact that medications may have on officers' fitness. Another section of the book explores police officers' expectations of mental health professionals and outlines stereotypes and expectations that law enforcement personnel have regarding mental health personnel. For evaluators, an understanding of the lack of information and misconceptions that officers have may assist them with interacting and educating officers and referring departments. Other sections consider gender and ethnic issues in hiring, stress, and FFD evaluations; duty death and the nature of the stress experienced by law enforcement personnel; police suicide and FFD; how to manage misfit officers; and legal considerations involved in the conduct of FFD evaluations. It is hoped that by reading this book, mental health professionals will be better able to understand and treat the difficulties that law enforcement professionals encounter in the performance of their hazardous and stressful public service. Law enforcement executives may also benefit from understanding how psychological experts determine fitness.

Handbook Of Police Psychology

Author: Jack Kitaeff
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136861688
Size: 34.21 MB
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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.

Personality Assessment In Police Psychology

Author: Peter A. Weiss
Publisher: Charles C Thomas Publisher
ISBN: 039807982X
Size: 27.61 MB
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In recent years, personality assessment by professional psychologists has taken on an increasingly important role in the field of police work. Most importantly, personality assessment instruments have been utilized in the pre-employment psychological screening of police officer candidates. This psychological screening takes place at the end of the hiring process to ensure that candidates do not have personality characteristics or existing psychopathology that would interfere with their job performance. Personality assessment is also used for other applications in police psychology. These applications include fitness-for-duty evaluations (FFDEs) and second opinion evaluations of officers who challenge hiring decisions. Moreover, police psychologists are involved in a considerable amount of research in order to determine which tests and scales are most appropriate for evaluations. The present volume is divided into four parts to cover the relevant issues in personality assessment for police work. Part I provides an introduction and the basic principles of personality assessment in police psychology. Part II focuses on the major assessment instruments used in police psychology. These include the MMPI-2, the Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI), the Inwald Personality Inventory (IPI) and Hilson Tests, the M-PULSE Inventory, pre-offer integrity instruments, and the Rorschach Comprehensive System. Part III examines multiple issues in personality assessment research in the field of police psychology. Part IV covers applications of personality assessment in police psychology. These applications include pre-employment evaluations, fitness for duty evaluations, conditional second opinion psychological evaluations of candidates, using multiple sources of information when conducting mandatory or required evaluations, and the politics of personality assessment in police agencies. This unique and comprehensive text is designed for psychologists who are actively working in the field of law enforcement, including psychologists in both applied and research/academic settings.

Mental Health Practice And The Law

Author: Ronald Schouten, M.D.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199387109
Size: 24.54 MB
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Mental health professionals, more than any other clinicians, encounter legal issues on a regular basis. This is a book for anyone in the field, at any stage in their training or practice, who has ever found themselves scratching their head in confusion or dreading that they will expose themselves to liability as they navigate the complexities at the interface of law and mental health. Written by established experts and the rising stars of the next generation, the 16 chapters in this book offer readers a basic understanding of legal principles encountered in clinical practice, as well as practical advice on how to manage situations at the interface of law and clinical practice. Using case examples and clear language, this book helps clinicians understand the underlying principles behind the legal requirements of clinical care. It aims to enhance the reader's knowledge of legal issues and ability to deliver good clinical care when those issues are encountered. This book is unique in that it is, first and foremost, for mental health clinicians in training and those already in practice. While it is not a textbook for lawyers or forensic clinicians, forensic specialists and other professionals who encounter mental health issues in their work, such as law enforcement professionals, will benefit from its practical and clear discussion of legal and mental health issues.

Handbook Of Psychology Forensic Psychology

Author: Irving B. Weiner
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780471383215
Size: 42.55 MB
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This book provides a comprehensive overview of the theory and practice of Forensic Psychology in civil and criminal litigation. Attention is given to broad issues of capacity, competency, and responsibility as well as to such specific topics in the field as eyewitness and expert testimony, jury selection and influence, and violence prediction.

Psychological Services For Law Enforcement

Author: Theodore H. Blau
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780471559504
Size: 79.87 MB
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In 1989, the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies mandated that every police authority seeking accreditation with the Commission must have access to psychological support and consultation. This timely text offers an extensive and current overview of the services psychologists can offer to law enforcement. Organized under major subject areas--assessment, intervention, consultation and training--it deals with such issues as officer recruit selection, fitness for duty evaluations, stress counseling, hostage negotiation, investigative hypnosis, psychological profiling, management consultations and much more.

Police Psychology And Its Growing Impact On Modern Law Enforcement

Author: Mitchell, Cary L.
Publisher: IGI Global
ISBN: 1522508147
Size: 38.97 MB
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Police psychology has become an integral part of present-day police agencies, providing support in the areas of personnel assessment, individual and organizational intervention, consultation, and operational assistance. Research-based resources contribute to those efforts by shedding light on best practices, identifying recent research and developments, and calling attention to important challenges and growth areas that remain. Police Psychology and Its Growing Impact on Modern Law Enforcement emphasizes key elements of police psychology as it relates to current issues and challenges in law enforcement and police agencies. Focusing on topics relevant to assessment and evaluation of applicants and incumbent officers, clinical intervention and prevention, employee wellness and support, operational consultation, and emerging trends and developments, this edited publication is an essential reference source for practicing police psychologists, researchers, graduate-level students, and law enforcement executives.

Behind The Badge

Author: Sharon M. Freeman Clevenger
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 131759357X
Size: 28.80 MB
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This volume is the logical follow-up to the military treatment handbook: Living and Surviving in Harm’s Way. Sharon Freeman Clevenger, Laurence Miller, Bret Moore, and Arthur Freeman return with this dynamic handbook ideal for law enforcement agencies interested in the psychological health of their officers. Contributors include law enforcement officers with diverse experiences, making this handbook accessible to readers from law enforcement backgrounds. This authoritative, comprehensive, and critical volume on the psychological aspects of police work is a must for anyone affiliated with law enforcement.