PSYC 4402 R - Police Psychology

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The evaluation for this course does not include formal seated exams, so no distance proctoring arrangements are required.

Critical examination of theory and empirical research in the area of police psychology. Topics covered may include police culture, police selection, police suicide, police personality, stress debriefing, fitness evaluations, police training, crisis negotiations, and investigative techniques.
Prerequisite(s): PSYC 2400 and third- or fourth-year standing.

This course examines the various ways in which psychology can be applied to the exciting field of policing. We critically examine a range of policing topics from a psychological perspective. Topics include evidence based policing, police selection, police stress, police investigations, police discretion, police use of force, and police management. One of the goals of this course is to further your understanding of the policing profession and how psychologists can contribute positively to this field through the research they conduct. To accomplish this goal, students are exposed to online presentations, activities, and discussions, facilitated by the course instructor. The course also draws heavily on contributions from a range of guests, including academics from a range of disciplines, police officers, police trainers, and police investigators. These individuals provide presentations to students, participate in interviews with the instructor, and take part in a range of demonstrations.

CRN for section R: 21059

Instructor: Craig Bennell

Craig Bennell

About the instructor: Craig Bennell received his B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Alberta (Canada) and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Liverpool (UK). Craig is currently a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Carleton University with a cross-appointment to the School of Linguistics and Language Studies. He is the Director of Carleton’s Police Research Lab and a member of the Forensic Psychology Research Centre. He is a previous President of the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology and a previous Editor of the Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology. He is also a founding member of the Crime Linkage International Network based out of Birmingham, UK, and a collaborator with the Canadian Society of Evidence Based Policing. Together with a great group of graduate and honours students, Craig studies three primary issues: (1) police use of force, (2) the reliability, validity, and usefulness of psychologically-based investigative techniques, and (3) evidence-based policing. Craig is a co-author of two undergraduate textbooks, Forensic Psychology and Psychology Criminal Behaviour: A Canadian Perspective. Craig has received numerous awards for his teaching and research.

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