Psychological Services Section

Mission Statement

"This Section offers psychological solutions to the problems faced by police agencies in the areas of personnel assessment, individual as well as organizational intervention, consultation and operational assistance. The Section acts as a resource to the Association on psychological and behavioral issues. It promotes ethical and empirically based practices through education, training, consultation, research, and the publication of guidelines covering a variety of psychologically related topics."

Section Information

The Police Psychological Services Section of the IACP acts as a resource to the Association on psychologically-related issues in assessment, counseling, consultation and operational assistance. The Section provides continuing education and training to the Association and its members to further ethical and empirically-based practices, and develops and maintains a set of current guidelines for the Association's members as a resource for commonly encountered police psychological activities.

To be considered for membership, applicants must be psychologists with an unrestricted license as defined by licensing requirements in the applicant's state or country, or persons with the highest terminal degree in psychology required in the applicant’s country and who conduct police psychological services in a setting, or of a type, exempt from licensing requirements in the applicant’s state or country. To be considered for membership, the applicant must submit an application, curriculum vitae, copy of current license (if applicable), and three letters of recommendation from police chiefs, sheriffs, or top-level police administrators who have current knowledge of the applicant’s professional skills. References must be from separate departments (multiple letters from large agencies may qualify - contact the Section Membership Chair). At least one reference must be a current active member of IACP. 

Current Officers
Psychological Services Section Membership Application
Section Governing Document
Application for Student Membership
Student Membership FAQ

Section History

Guidelines

 Fitness for Duty Evaluation Guidelines
 Officer-Involved Shooting Guidelines
 Peer Support Guidelines
 Pre-Employment Psychological Evaluation Guidelines
 Guidelines for Consulting Police Psychologists

Links

Newsletters

September 2013 Newsletter
June 2013 Newsletter
February 2013 Newsletter
September 2010 Newsletter
February 2010 Newsletter
October 2009 Newsletter
March 2009 Newsletter
December 2008 Newsletter

Meetings

2013 Police Psychological Services Section Agenda
2012 Police Psychological Services Section Agenda
  2012 Educational Sessions: Selected Materials
2011 Police Psychological Services Section Agenda
  2011 Business Meeting Minutes
  2011 Educational Sessions: Selected Materials
2010 Police Psychological Services Section Agenda
  2010 Educational Sessions: Selected Materials
  2010 Business Meeting Minutes
2009 Police Psychological Services Section Agenda
  2009 Business Meeting Minutes
2008 Police Psychological Services Section Agenda

Online Directory

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