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The Development Of Police Psychology

 To prepare for this Discussion:

• Review the selected readings from the course text, Introduction to Forensic Psychology: Research and Application. Pay attention to the events, laws, and/or professional organizations that have impacted police psychology.

• Review the book excerpt, “Law Enforcement Agencies and Police Psychology.” Think about the historical events (including case law and statutes) that have had an impact on today’s police psychology.

• Select two historical events that have impacted current police psychology. These incidents may include actual events, the development or change of laws, influential legal cases, or the development of relevant organizations.

• Think about how the selected events have impacted current police psychology and why.

With these thoughts in mind:

Post by Day 3 a brief description of two historical events that have impacted current police psychology. Then, analyze how each event impacts today’s police psychology and why. Be specific and provide examples to illustrate your points. Support your analysis with references to the Learning Resources. 

Learning Resources


  • Course Introduction (located oin the left navigation bar)
  • Course Text: Ainsworth, P. B. (2002). Psychology and policing. Devon, UK: Willan Publishing.
    • Introduction
    • Chapter 5, “Perception and Memory”
  • Course Text: Bartol, C. R.,& Bartol, A. M. (2019). Introduction to forensic psychology: Research and application (5th ed.)Sage.
    • Introduction
    • Chapter 1, “Introduction to Forensic Psychology”
    • Chapter 2, “Police and Public Safety Psychology”
  • Book Excerpt: Rostow, C. D., & Davis, R. D. (2004). Law enforcement agencies and police psychology. In C. D. Rostow & R. D. Davis (Eds.), Handbook for psychological fitness-for-duty evaluations in law enforcement (pp. 3–20). Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press.
  • Article: Taylor, P. J., Jacques, K., Giebels, E., Levine, M., Best, R., Winter, J., & Rossi, G. (2008). Analysing forensic processes: Taking time into account. Issues in Forensic Psychology, 8, 43–55. Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
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