A History of Police Psychological Services
Although the debilitating effects of stress have been identified in police work, the problem of helping officers in resolving these effects remains very real. Many of today's modern law enforcement agencies are meeting this problem through the use of full-time or consulting mental health professionals. However, such practice is in an early developmental stage. It is therefore important to examine the early roles behavioral scientists played in law enforcement so that the evolution and growth of psychological services in law enforcement can be documented and recorded. It would appear that the introduction and use of psychological services in law enforcement organizations in the United States represents a significant development in police work.