As contemporary policing becomes ever more complex, so knowledge of practical psychology becomes ever more important in everyday policing encounters, situations and contexts.
This book suggests how new ways of applying psychological knowledge and research can be of benefit in a range of policing contexts, for example, beat patrols, preventing crime and using the self-selection policing approach to uncover serious criminality from less serious offences.
Looking forward, Jason Roach suggests how psychological knowledge, research and policing might evolve together, to meet the changing challenges faced by contemporary policing.
In encouraging critical thinking and practical application, this book is essential reading for both police practitioners and criminology, policing and psychology students.
"Jason Roach combines an appreciation of policing skills based on front-line experience with a demonstration of how such skills can be enhanced by up-to-date research in psychology." Ken Pease, University College London
“Jason is a police officer’s academic – applicable, slightly sarcastic and very inventive. This book is full of takeaways, from crime prevention through to how to catch people lying. It includes the brilliant Self-Selection Policing thesis – you can identify people who do really bad things by catching them doing little bad things.” DCC Alex Murray, West Mercia Police
Jason Roach is Professor of Psychology and Policing at the University of Huddersfield.
1. Introduction (or unleashing the kraken)
2. Psychology and policing: welcome bedfellows
3. Human and police decision-making
4. Challenging common police perceptions of career criminals and serious offenders
5. Self-Selection Policing
6. Psychology, expertise, and improving police officer street-craft
7. Psychology and crime prevention
8. Psychology and police wellbeing
9. Psychology and policing: taking stock and where do we go from here?