Orensic Psychology Professionals and Police Administration

Police professionals, like other employees, need direction, guidance, training, and reinforcement from their supervisors. Police administrators are responsible for this type of supervision, as well as for ensuring that the overall mission of the department is carried out effectively. In addition, police administrators must be adept in interpersonal skills as they interact with the public, police employees, and higher-level political figures.

Studies have shown that the leadership style of supervisors has a large effect on a police officers success and morale. In fact, police officers will comply with demands more if their supervisors have a certain style (Schwarzwald, Koslowski, & Agassi, 2001). Knowing this, the forensic psychology professional can have an impact on the police department by working with police administrators to support the leadership traits and styles that render administrators most effective.

To prepare for this Discussion:

a? Review Chapter 3 in the course text, Psychology and Policing. Focus on roles that forensic psychology professionals perform that impact police administration, and think about how they do so.

a? Review the following book excerpt and articles. Consider the impact that forensic psychology professionals, in an evaluative role, have on police administrators.

a? Defining the Fitness-for-Duty Evaluation”

a? The Validity of Assessment Center Ratings and 16 PF Personality Trait Scores in Police Sergeant Promotions: A Case of Incremental Validity”

a? Pre-Employment Psychological Testing of Police Officers: The MMPI and the IPI as Predictors of Performance”

a? Does Community Policing Motivate Officers at Work and How?”

a? Review the following articles and government document. Think about the impact that forensic psychology professionals have when working with police administrators.

a? The Effects of Participative Management on Employee Commitment, Productivity, and Community Satisfaction in a Police Agency”

a? Concurrent Validity of the Candidate and Officer Personnel Survey (COPS)”

a? Facts About the Americans With Disability Act”

a? Select two roles a forensic psychology professional may have when working with police administrators that interest you.

a? Consider how forensic psychology professionals in these roles impact police administration, including how that impact trickles down to affect different levels of the police organization.

With these thoughts in mind:

Post by Day 4 a brief description of two roles that a forensic psychology professional may have when working with police administrators. Then, analyze the impact of each role on police administration, and each level of the police organization. Support your analysis with references to the Learning Resources.