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Dr. Laurence Miller

Practical Police Psychology

Laurence Miller, PhD is a clinical and forensic psychologist and law enforcement educator and trainer based in Boca Raton, Florida. Dr. Miller is the police psychologist for the West Palm Beach Police Department, mental health consultant for Troop L of the Florida Highway Patrol, a forensic psychological examiner for the Palm Beach County Court, and a consulting psychologist with several regional and national law enforcement agencies.

Dr. Miller is an instructor at the Criminal Justice Institute of Palm Beach County and at Florida Atlantic University, and conducts continuing education and training seminars around the country. He is the author of numerous professional and popular print and online publications about the brain, behavior, health, law enforcement, criminal justice and organizational psychology. He has published “Practical Police Psychology: Stress Management and Crisis Intervention for Law Enforcement” and “Mental Toughness Training for Law Enforcement.” Contact Dr. Miller at 561/392-8881 or online at

The public expects police to be professionals — police agencies should expect no less from the psychologists who evaluate their personnel
While it’s unlikely you’re going to enjoy the exam, there are some things you can do to help it go as smoothly as possible
Why do some cops lose the will to live and what can we do to help them?
A premature rush to routinely dispatch psychologists and social workers to the scene of potentially lethal police-citizen encounters may be a matter of misapplied good intentions
What turns any given police-citizen encounter into a deadly force scenario characteristically involves a complex web of interacting factors
Police-citizen deadly force and other use-of-force encounters can be reduced through training, education and community engagement
I was privileged to be selected as one of the panel members reporting to the Task Force on Officer Wellness and Safety in Washington DC
The law does not require police officers to utilize the absolute minimum force necessary in a threat situation — only that the level of force used be reasonable to control a deadly threat
You’ve just done an incredible job dealing with an impossible situation, so respect yourself and get the help you deserve
What makes a LEO turn from protector to punisher? How can we predict when this will happen and to whom? How do fellow officers react to an eruption of violence by one of their own?