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    So what's everyone's attitude about having a psychologist on staff? I'm trained (academically)in profiling serial sex crimes, however I'm not a LEO, I don't have investigative experience. I think to do a good profile you need to combine psychology expertise with investigative expertise. I know a lot of psychologists would disagree, they think they know all they need to in order to profile,most don't think officers can do it. What most people forget is that when the FBI program started their profiling unit they had John Douglas, who had years of investigative experience and a psych background.I find it hard to talk with LEO about working a case, they think I want to take over. I think it needs to be a joint effort, and right now I'm having a hard time finding people willing to help me get investigative experience. Non-LEO profiles and LEO can both contribute equally investigating sex crimes.
    Merry Christmas everyone,
    have a safe holiday!

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    This place is a quaymire of crazies! Get out while you still can

    Mike Sullivan

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      I think the joint effort on a case is good and I think most cops would not mind. The ones who mind may be concered that you would get into their head....lol

      Now that would be scary!!!!!

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        Hey JC,

        I see you took me up on the invite! Good man!

        Now as to the point of the thread, I would not doubt for a minute that a lot of officers are going to feel a little "threatened" at first in working with you. It may help you to know, that we are a little resistive to change and new ideas (a bit of an understatement there,) so be patient. Also, just so you know, we are a little dubious about "the new guy" even when he is a sworn officer. We have to see them "prove themselves" before we are totally comfortable with them.

        I think you will find your level of acceptance goes up with the educational level of the officers you are working with. I also think that if you are VERY low key until you get to be known that you will be better off.

        I do believe there is a place for you and your profession in the field of law enforcement. So don't give up, but as I said, be low key and don't be "pushy." That will get you thrown out (or maybe even thrown in jail) faster than anything I can think of.

        Good Luck.
        6P1 (retired)

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          I see you took me up on the invite! Good man!

          That should have read "Good woman"

          So far it's been great to hear what you've all had to say. I'm in Canada, and I think that Americans are a little more accepting of change and open to new ideas.I've had a real hard time with an ex-RCMP officer here who treats me like I'm a moron.It's good to know that not everyone has that attitude.
          And trust me, I'll get my chance and prove myself.
          Thanks.
          JC
          Merry Christmas everyone,
          have a safe holiday!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by jcpaddon:

            That should have read "Good woman"
            Ooooooops, sorry 'bout that.
            6P1 (retired)

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