Understanding Human Behavior for Effective Police Work

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there is a high correlation between brain damage and sexual deviance and that sexual offenders usually suffer from severe mental illness. Furthermore, while hard drugs are rarely a factor in sexual crimes, there appears to be a strong connection between the use of alcohol and deviant sexual behavior, since excess alcohol leads to the lowering of inhibitions.

Although overt aggression is associated with sexual aberration relatively infrequently, hostile fantasies are common. For this reason, police officers should always be alert to the potential for dangerous behavior. In questioning those with sexual aberrations, officers should go beyond the actual behavior and try to find out more about the person's fantasies to determine if perversions and erotic hatred are present. By doing so, officers can better determine the person's potential dangerousness.

Police officers should examine their own attitudes toward sexual aberrations and recognize that these offenses result from motives and impulses that are often not understood or controllable, rather than from "moral perversity." This does not lessen the seriousness of crimes associated with sexual aberrations, but should increase officers' ability to act professionally and responsibly.

This professionalism also should carry over into contacts with the victims. If they are not treated respectfully and courteously, they may be unwilling to divulge information that could be helpful in identifying and apprehending the offender.


Summary

This chapter has outlined several varieties of aberrant sexual behavior, their characteristics, and their importance to police officers. The criminality of aberrant sexual behavior can vary considerably. Not all forms are criminal, nor are all sexual aberrants criminals. Only by understanding the characteristics of the individual sexual aberrant will officers be able to maintain a professional attitude. This attitude should include a recognition that while sexual criminals are not necessarily monsters, they are also not simply unfortunate persons. They should neither be treated inhumanely nor be allowed to involve others in their aberration to the detriment of others' welfare and freedom of choice.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Foreword ix
  • Preface xi
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • Part I Introduction 1
  • Chapter 1 the Changing Role of the Police Officer 3
  • Summary 11
  • Chapter 2 Foundations of a Professional Attitude Toward Human Behavior 13
  • Summary 17
  • Bibliography 17
  • Part II the Origins and Complexities of Human Behavior 19
  • Chapter 3 Normal Personality Development 21
  • Summary 28
  • Bibliography 29
  • Chapter 4 the Normal Personality in Operation: Conflicts and the Mechanisms of Defense 30
  • Summary 41
  • Bibliography 42
  • Chapter 5 Abnormal Behavior: What It is and What to Do 43
  • Summary 56
  • Bibliography 56
  • Part III Understanding Mental Illness 59
  • Chapter 6 Personality Disorders 61
  • Summary 68
  • Bibliography 68
  • Chapter 7 Neurotic Disorders 70
  • Summary 91
  • Bibliography 91
  • Chapter 8 Psychotic Disorders 93
  • Summary 107
  • Bibliography 108
  • Part IV Assessing and Managing Abnormal Behavior in the Field 111
  • Chapter 9 Psychopathic Behavior 113
  • Summary 129
  • Bibliography 130
  • Chapter 10 Aberrant Sexual Behavior 153
  • Bibliography 154
  • Chapter 11 Delinquent Behavior 157
  • Summary 164
  • Bibliography 164
  • Chapter 12 Drug-Dependent Behavior 165
  • Summary 181
  • Bibliography 181
  • Chapter 13 Paranoid Behavior 184
  • Summary 191
  • Bibliography 191
  • Chapter 14 Violent Behavior 193
  • Summary 220
  • Bibliography 221
  • Chapter 15 Suicidal Behavior 225
  • Summary 250
  • Bibliography 250
  • Part V Behavioral Aspects of Crisis Situations 253
  • Chapter 16 Behavioral Aspects of Disasters 255
  • Summary 267
  • Bibliography 268
  • Chapter 17 Behavioral Aspects of Crowd and Riot Control 288
  • Bibliography 289
  • Chapter 18 Behavioral Aspects of Hostage Situations 290
  • Summary 317
  • Bibliography 318
  • Chapter 19 Behavioral Aspects of Conflict Situations 319
  • Summary 326
  • Bibliography 326
  • Chapter 20 Behavioral Aspects of Crisis Intervention with Victims 327
  • Summary 339
  • Bibliography 339
  • Part VI the Stresses of Police Work 341
  • Chapter 21 Job-Related Stress 343
  • Summary 363
  • Bibliography 364
  • Chapter 22 Special Stress Situations 366
  • Summary 393
  • Bibliography 394
  • Chapter 23 the Brotherhood of Biochemistry: Its Implications for a Police Career 416
  • Part VII Conclusion 417
  • Chapter 24 the Role of the Mental Health Professional in Police Work 419
  • Summary 434
  • Bibliography 436
  • Index 437
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