Police Psychology Interview: Intelligence and Counterintelligence
with James Turner, Ph.D.
Some of the earliest use of psychology in operational policing was by the military. I remember reading stories of how B. F. Skinner invented a pigeon-controlled missile which were much more accurate than the guidance systems available at the time. Ebbinghaus had military applications of his memory work at the turn of the twentieth century, and we all know the history of the IQ tests had military motivations. Jim Turner worked in developing many uses of intelligence and counterintelligence while working for military agencies and police agencies some of which are still classified. His last work was for the Joint Counterintelligence Training Academy where he taught. This was an interview with Jim to learn a little more about intelligence in the police psychology world.
Gary: Jim, what exactly is intelligence?
Jim: Intelligence is a collection of information from a variety of technologies, that have to be interpreted. Different types of intelligence include actionable intelligence, direct action and responses, then there is background intelligence on ongoing, internal and external processes.
Gary: Then what is Counterintelligence? (more…)