Police Psychology:  Choir Practice

by Gary S. Aumiller, Ph.D.  ABPP

 

In 1975, Joseph Wambaugh named it, when a group of cops go out after their shift for nights of drinking, camaraderie and debauchery.  They would get drunk, be obnoxious to regular citizens and have sex with a variety of barmaids, hookers and naïve young girls wanting to have a good time.  During the day, they would shoot gays in the park and bond together so nobody could get the real story and no cop could get charged.  Their pranks on each other are so appalling and dangerous that Joseph Wambaugh actually had his name taken off the film.  Superiors are all jerks, judges are listed as “black-robed pussies.”  It was called a “film about brutes for brutes.”  But the book and movie actually started something that is quoted frequently today, and perhaps is part of the way the public views cops. Read the rest of this entry »

 

Police Psychology:  Active Shooter Events and News Media Reporting

Philip J. Swift, Ph.D.

It is well known that Active Shooter Events (ASE) constitute a threat to public safety in the United States. The overwhelming goal of an Active Shooter Offender(s) (ASO) is to murder and injury as many people as possible before being denied additional victims, even though the offender’s justification for committing an Active Shooter Event (ASE) varied from offender to offender. In the study “Active Shooter Event Severity, Media Reporting, Offender Age, and Location” I predicted that there was a correlation between the rate of news media reporting about an ASE, occurring in the United States between April 20, 1999, and June 15, 2016, and the severity of the subsequent ASE. I further predicted that the age and the regional location of the offender (ASO) would moderate the predicted relationship between the dependent and independent variables.  A lot of scientific talk, but let me explain. Read the rest of this entry »

Police Psychology | Is Technology Turning Us Into Time Zombies?!

Gary S. Aumiller, Ph.D. ABPP

This is a small excerpt from my new Keeping It Simple with Anxiety: A Guide for the Road and Home video course which will be out soon.  We are waiting on approval for POST credits.  Look for it!

 

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Police Psychology: The Way of the World

by Gary S. Aumiller, Ph.D.  ABPP

It was right outside my window, in the front of my driveway.  A cop pulled over two teenaged boys on their bikes after the boys had yelled some obscenities at them and made a not-so nice gesture with parts of their hands.  A woman walking her dog stopped and asked if everything was all right and the officer said these boys had yelled some obscenities at him when he pulled them over to warn them about riding their bikes in the road.  He asked what she thought of that. Read the rest of this entry »

Police Psychology:  Sleep – What’s the Point?

by Douglas Gentz, Ph.D.

 

Sleeping doesn’t make much sense from a, “survival of the fittest” perspective. How does it benefit an animal or a person to become completely inattentive to their environment – helpless to fight or flee – for six or seven hours out of every 24? Reason suggests that over millions of years those members of any population that slept the least (or not at all) would have been more likely to survive to an age old enough to reproduce and pass their genes to the next generation . . . So there must be a very good reason for the fact that all animals, including humans, have to sleep on a regular basis. The reason has been a mystery until the last few years.

All the cells in any animal’s body take in nutrients (glucose) and O2 to provide the energy the cell needs to work. As a result, every cell produces waste products that have to be moved out of the cell and eventually released from the body. The normal pathway for “emptying the cellular trash” starts with the waste products being carried away from the cell by lymphatic fluid, collecting in the lymph nodes, transferred to the blood stream, and then transported to the kidneys for filtration. Eventually, those toxins are “liquidated” from the body in urine. Read the rest of this entry »