A community psychology approach to police training

Gardner J.M. and Veno A. (1976) A community psychology approach to police training. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 7 4: 437-444. doi:10.1037/0735-7028.7.4.437

Author Gardner J.M.
Veno A.
Title A community psychology approach to police training
Journal name Professional Psychology: Research and Practice   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0735-7028
Publication date 1976-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1037/0735-7028.7.4.437
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 7
Issue 4
Start page 437
End page 444
Total pages 8
Language eng
Subject 3200 Psychology
Abstract Suggests that the backlash effect which accompanies most innovative police training programs is partly the result of the failure of these programs to take a community psychology conceptual view of the police in the context of the social system. The present article describes the involvement of psychologists with police in a training program that was based on a coherent general systems intervention program consistent with a model of community psychology. Participants in a workshop were 20 senior sergeants in the police department of Queensland, Australia, a community of both urban and rural areas. Average age of Ss was over 50 yrs, and the average term of service was 30 yrs. Working on the premise that previous difficulties in police programs have involved problems with the media, with police attitudes toward the psychologists and the program, and with citizen attitudes toward the police, the 2 psychologists who designed and conducted the workshop concentrated on these 3 areas of concern, using the general systems model of community psychology. Positive results are reported. Implications of the positive results for seeing community psychology as process rather than content are discussed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).
Keyword community psychology approach involving psychologists with police, police training, senior sergeants
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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