How does it feel to be a police officer in the UK? What happens in the brains of officers, particularly in high-risk roles such as counter-terrorism and child sexual exploitation? Jessica Miller uses the most recent neuroscience and real-life examples to explore risks to individual resilience, be it trauma exposure, burnout or simply the daily pressure of adapting to life on the front line.
A compulsory read for anyone with an interest in policing, the book offers practical, easy-to-follow resilience techniques applicable to anyone in the wider emergency responder community. The book also offers policy and operational recommendations to equip police officers with skills to face crime in a post-COVID world.
'A vital reference for anyone interested in the wellbeing of law enforcement and consequently the safety and wellbeing of the public.' Neil Basu, Assistant Commissioner, MPS Strategic Command Course Director and former National Police Chiefs Council Lead for Counter Terrorism
'I worked as a detective witnessing trauma and suffering in an era when the advice was ‘go to the pub’. If we want to truly understand the policing brain, what happens to us and how we heal ourselves, the answers are here. The Policing Mind is essential reading for all police officers, police leaders and staff. You owe it to yourself - the healing is within.' Jackie Malton, retired Detective Chief Inspector and the inspiration for the TV drama series Prime Suspect
"Writing from her extensive experience with law enforcement and emergency responders, Dr. Miller offers practical, evidence-based tools for resilience and recovering from trauma. A first-rate book from a first-rate professional. Highly recommended." Rick Hanson, Ph.D., author of Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness
Dr Jessica K. Miller is consultant for the Royal Foundation, Director of Research at Police Care UK and Principal Investigator in the Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge. She has published works on policing trauma in The Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles and Police Professional, the first UK police prevalence rate and the world’s first work-related CPTSD prevalence rate in Psychological Medicine, genetic trauma research in J. Clin. Med and Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Neurobiology of Learning and Memory and her thesis Lost in Trauma on military and police trauma is available online with Bournemouth University.
Her work has been filmed by C4 Dispatches, BBC Inside Out and made headline news across the world in May 2019. Jess also had the privilege of interviewing New York Time bestselling author Rick Hanson during the pandemic of 2020.
1. Why the Need to Be Resilient? How It Feels to Be a Police Officer in the UK and Why
2. Risks to Resilience in Operational Policing: From Trauma to Compassion Fatigue
3. What Might Be Happening in the Brain? Introducing Simple Neuroscience for Policing
4. Turning Science into Action: Resilience Practices for Policing
5. What Now? The Big Step Change