Forensic Psychology and Policing

Jason Roach, Helen Selby-Fell

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Psychologists in the UK continue to make a varied and valuable contribution to UK police work, much of which is explored in this chapter. It is suggested that the current working definition of what constitutes a ‘forensic psychologist’ in the UK, only narrowly describes those who work to reform and rehabilitate prisoners, and does not include work done by psychologists with police. Such contributions by psychologists to policing discussed in this chapter include; offender profiling, detecting lies and deceit, interviewing suspects, victims and witnesses, investigative decision-making, cognitive bias and criminal investigations, linking serious crimes to offenders, problem-solving (SARA) and in the prevention of crime, for example Thaler and Sunstein’s ‘Nudge’ (2008).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationForensic Psychology, Crime and Policing
Subtitle of host publicationKey Concepts and Practical Debates
EditorsKaren Corteen, Rachael Steele, Noel Cross, Michelle McManus
Place of PublicationBristol
PublisherPolicy Press
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781447359401, 9781447359418
ISBN (Print)9781447359395, 9781447359388
Publication statusPublished - 18 Apr 2023


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