Law Enforcement Psychology Reading List

This law enforcement psychology reading list is intended primarily for psychologists who want to learn more about police psychology in general, including how to conduct various types of evaluations with law enforcement officers.

Sociologists, forensic psychiatrists, graduate students, law enforcement agency executives, and police officers may also find some valuable resources in this list.

Law Enforcement Psychology: Books

Corey, David M., and Randy Borum. "Forensic Assessment for High‐Risk Occupations." In Handbook of Psychology, 2nd ed., edited by Irving B. Weiner, vol. 11, Forensic Psychology, edited by Randy K. Otto, 246-270. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2013.

Corey, David M. and Yossef S. Ben-Porath. Assessing Police and Other Public Safety Personnel Using the MMPI-2-RF: A Practical Guide. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2018.

Kitaeff, Jack, ed. Handbook of Police Psychology. New York: Routledge, 2011.

Mitchell, Cary L. and  Edrick H. Dorian, eds. Police Psychology and Its Growing Impact on Modern Law Enforcement. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference (IGI Global), 2017.

Rostow, Cary D. and Robert D. Davis. A Handbook for Psychological Fitness-for-Duty Evaluations in Law Enforcement. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press, 2004 (original printing); New York: Psychology Press (Rutledge), reprint, 2014.

Scrivner, Ellen M., David M. Corey, and Lorraine W. Greene. "Psychology and Law Enforcement". In The Handbook of Forensic Psychology, 4th ed., Irving B. Weiner and Randy K. Otto, eds., 443-468. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2013.

Thomas, David J. Police Psychology: A New Specialty and New Challenges for Men and Women in Blue. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2011.

Weiss, Peter A., ed. Personality Assessment in Police Psychology: A 21st Century Perspective. Springfield, IL: Charles C Thomas, 2010.


Law Enforcement Psychology: Guidelines & Core Knowledge

Corey, David. Core Legal Knowledge for the Practice of Police & Public Safety Psychology. American Board of Police and Public Safety Psychology, 2012. 

Cuttler, Michael, Paul Detrick, Jay Supnick, Joanne Brewster, and Casey Stewart, Core Scientific Knowledge for Specialists in Police and Public Safety Psychology: Assessment Domain. American Board of Police and Public Safety Psychology, 2014. 

IACP Police Psychological Services Section. Preemployment Psychological Evaluation Guidelines. International Association of Chiefs of Police, 2014.

IACP Police Psychological Services Section. Consulting Police Psychologist Guidelines. International Association of Chiefs of Police, 2016.

IACP Police Psychological Services Section. Psychological Fitness-for-Duty Evaluation Guidelines. International Association of Chiefs of Police, 2014.


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