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The Psychology of Crisis Intervention for Law Enforcement Officers
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Responding to emergency situations, protecting society and saving lives are the tasks of all police officers. To accomplish this mission, they must adapt to the evolution of our society and intervene among groups that are increasingly diverse and in situations that are increasingly complex and risky. Mentally disturbed or suicidal individuals, random shooters, hostage-takers, religious or political fanatics are all part of the situations in which police officers must intervene. These present a high risk of harm to others as well as to the responding officers. A remarkably efficient and safe weapon, utilized in these incidents, is called communication. A police officer's work relies on the use of psychology, especially when it comes to resolving conflictual or crisis situations. This book provides a better understanding of human crises and the methods used to intervene, whether it be in relation to those "responsible" for the crisis or the victims of these events. This book is for all those who are called upon to intervene in crisis situations, especially police officers, crisis intervention teams and mental health professionals.
About the Author
Michel St-Yves is a forensic psychologist with the Division de l'analyse du comportement (behavioural analysis service) of the Sûreté du Québec. He works as a critical-incident specialist and is actively involved in criminal investigations, both in profiling suspects and preparing police interrogations. He trains police officers in crisis negotiation techniques and is a member of the Sûreté du Québec's specialised intervention team. He also teaches at the École nationale de police du Québec (Quebec Police Academy) and at the Université de Montréal.
Peter Collins is the forensic psychiatrist with the Criminal Behaviour Analysis Unit of the Behavioural Sciences and Analysis Section – Ontario Provincial Police and has been a member of the Toronto Police Service Emergency Task Force negotiation team since 1992. His clinical appointment is with the Complex Mental Illness Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. He is an Associate Professor with the Division of Forensic Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and an Associate Clinical Professor with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University.