Police Psychology | Divorce in Cops and Corrections
by Gary S. Aumiller, Ph.D. ABPP
I just spent the past week at the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology meeting. I had been the first executive director of the group and was the president the year before that, so I (with two others) totally ran the organization from October 2002 until this year where I passed the leadership role. This year I actually got to watch the presentations first hand since I wasn’t organizing a special meal or lost luggage or whatever “hissy fit” complaints come up at a conference. It is a great conference of law enforcement officers and psychologists. I suggest you schedule it next year.
I had also helped organize conferences at the FBI academy in the late 90’s to attack some of the myths of policing such as the high suicide rate and the high rate of domestic violence. Hell, when I started this job, one was led to believe that the world took their most screwed up group of people and gave them a uniform, badge, and gun, then stressed them out to the max and said “protect the public.” Problem was, I was seeing a lot of cops and they were pretty normal, in fact they were good friends, relatively smart and mostly family men. I mean, I came across some “players,” but most were doing overtime, complaining about their wives and husbands like the rest of us, and had decent relationship with their kids. Turns out from the FBI conferences, rates of domestic violence are not that high, in fact below the general population. And suicide rates are below the general population. We never got to finish the triad and look at divorces. We never had a definitive study of divorce. Until now! And the real data is not that bad! (more…)