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Volume 4 Issue 4 (Autumn (Fall) 1986), Pages 351-490

Legal issues between psychology and law enforcement (pages 371-384)


A state of flux characterized by opinion and debate exists in the field of forensic psychology. Law enforcement psychologists are experiencing a growing need to be conversant with legal issues and decisions that impinge upon them, such as the recent judicial trend toward requiring psychological screening for high risk occupations. This article presents and integrates some of the recent developments and problematic areas in the field. A description of law enforcement psychology, psychological testing for high risk occupations, and the legal and ethical guidelines and problems associated with each is provided. Employee testing, the Frye decision, and the prediction of dangerousness and the duty to warn (protect) are discussed in conjunction with relevant case material and law.

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