Policing and Psychology
- Nicholas Blagden - Nottingham Trent University, UK
Policing Matters Series
This is a good book to use as supplemental to the main text.
Very useful and informative book
I enjoyed the book and wish that I had had it whilst I was employed as a police trainer. It gives a simple explanation of many of the psychological theories relating to problems officers will face in their career. It does this in a practical manner, which appears to be aimed at practitioners, rather than academics. A good starting point to build on. I would recommend this to any one starting in a police career, as well as anyone wanting to study the relevance of psychology to policing.
This book draws on a range of psychological theories, concepts and research to explore the relevance of psychology to modern day policing. It focuses on psychological theories of crime and criminal behaviour, investigative psychology, effective interpersonal skills, stereotyping and prejudice, the potential impact on police work and the psychological effect of crime on victims.
The main thrust of the book did not meet the needs of the students and the copy was passed to colleagues in the Applied Psychology team for their information
Excellent book, well written and at the right level for first year students on crime degree
This is a highly specialist approach to terrorism and not geared to the generalist student except as an important supplement. It is well written and I enjoyed it, and will be referring to it in my teaching. Indeed, it has inspired me to create a module on terrorist motivation which will draw on Blagden's findings.
The aspect of forensic psychology is of significant relevance to students taking this course. This text will provide a good introduction and foundation to this aspect of their studies.
Not overly relevant to our course albeit it does contain some interesting and valuable information. recommended as a library purchase
A good basic insight into a complex area. Would recommend as an extra but not an essential.