Forensic Psychology Contributions to Police Work


 To prepare for this Discussion:

• Review Chapter 2 from the course text, Introduction to Forensic Psychology: Research and Application. Focus on the contributions forensic psychology has made to the field of police work.

• Review the article, “Analysing Forensic Processes: Taking Time Into Account.” Think about the contributions forensic psychology has made to policing.

• Review the assigned readings from the course text, Psychology and Policing. Consider how forensic psychology has contributed to police work.

• Select two contributions that forensic psychology has made to the field of police work. Think about how these contributions have impacted the field of police work and why.

With these thoughts in mind:

Post by Day 4 a brief description of two forensic psychology contributions to police work. Then, evaluate the impact of each contribution to the field of police work. Be specific and provide examples. Support your evaluation 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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