Category Archives: Policing

Guest Blog from Insp Michael Brown: Policing, Mental Health and the Academic Gap

I am hugely grateful to Inspector Michael Brown of the West Midlands Police (known as @MentalHealthCop on Twitter) for taking the time to write this excellent piece as a guest blog. I became aware of Michael’s work via Twitter and … Continue reading

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Tweeting Police and Fear of Crime: How will the research work?

 Firstly my sincere thanks again to everyone for helping out with this project. I have had some brilliant support from many members of the police and public who have helped spread the word about it and got people following and ready to … Continue reading

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The Relationship between Mental Health and Crime: Links and Resources.

The relationship between mental health and crime, as with that between the brain and crime, is one that is both complex and controversial. The media has, unfortunately, often represented this link in a negative way, leading to the perception that … Continue reading

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Tweeting Police and Fear of Crime: Further update and questions answered.

Many thanks to everyone, both police and public, who have helped in publicising this research – it is all much appreciated. Your assistance has meant that the word is slowly getting out about this, and support for the project is … Continue reading

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The Tweeting Police Project: An update and a plea for help.

Firstly, many thanks to all of you for the support that you have shown for this project.  As I wrote recently, the use of social media like Twitter is become more and more prevalent among police, something that is great … Continue reading

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Social Media and Fear of Crime: The Importance of Research in this Area.

 As many readers of this blog, and followers on Twitter, will know I am hoping to study how the sharing of information by police on Twitter impacts on fear of crime in those who read it. Social media has developed … Continue reading

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Useful Book Resources in Forensic and Investigative Psychology

Key texts in Forensic and Investigative Psychology. I am often asked by police officers, authors and other interested parties for links to texts I can recommend in these areas. The list below is by no means exhaustive but each of … Continue reading

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The Lazy Brain: Cognitive Limitations and Journey to Crime

In my last post I discussed the issue of cognitive limitation, the fact that our brain can only process so much information at once without being overloaded. This means that our brain is ‘miserly’ with it’s processing and uses a … Continue reading

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Why our brains love Twitter: Cognition, Heuristics and Social Media

The human brain is undoubtedly an amazing thing. It is capable of organising and processing the almost constant streams of sensory data with which it is faced, whilst simultaneously controlling and maintaining the many functions that our body needs to … Continue reading

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Tweeting Police and Fear of Crime: An introduction to the proposed research.

If you have been kind enough to find this post through a link on Twitter then you will be aware that I am hoping to carry out some research on the use of Twitter by the police and the impact … Continue reading

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