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Trauma Resilience in UK Policing

 

 

The Trauma Resilience in UK Policing project has produced guidance documents with Police Care UK and for the College of Policing as well as articles for policing publications and academic journals.

A range of publicly available resources is available through Police Care UK by contacting hello@policecare.org.uk, including:

  • Self-Support after traumatic incidents

  • Supporting loved ones after a major incident

  • Working with indecent or extreme material

  • Call Handling training for trauma resilience

  • Taking the policing brain on holiday

 

​Dr Jess Miller with Prof Chris Brewin (UCL) also co-authored with others a short guidance document for the College of Policing on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Policing. 

Presentations generated during the Trauma Resilience in UK Policing project are often available online from conference organisers. Click on the following link to access the presentation for the Canterbury Centre for Policing Research (CCPR) Annual Conference 2018: 'Bringing neuroscience research into operational policing'.

A blog from 2018 "Trauma Processing in Operational Policing May Be Closer Than You Think" describes the aspirations of the Trauma Resilience in UK Policing project for the police initiative Oscar Kilo. 

 

Academic publications include:

  • A paper exploring genetics and trauma from 2014 which sets out the intention for trauma processing research to focus on boosting hippocampal processing.

  • A paper describing the implications of the BDNF gene for PTSD from 2017 provides some further evidence suggesting links between genes, the hippocampus and the Policing Brain.

  • In 2016 we published a report on the impact of trauma on situational awareness in Police Professional.

  • This was followed by the full academic publication in 2017 providing further evidence on the known impact of trauma on navigation.

  • In 2019 we published the findings from our trauma processing feasibility study (randomised controlled trial design) with Greater Manchester Police, demonstrating the techniques to be effective in increasing feelings of ease and safety, improving recall, doing no harm and being operationally viable within a police training environment.

  • Currently in press is our new paper on PTSD prevalence in UK policing due to be published in October 2019 reporting findings from the Policing: The Job & The Life Survey (2018). 

 

Latest news

New Police Traumatic Events Checklist now published!

21 April 2021

Police Care UK and the PFEW have worked with the University of Cambridge to produce the first UK Police Traumatic Events Checklist (PTEC) designed to represent the most frequently reported "worst jobs" which officers and staff experience in the service. The tool is being congitively tested in 2021 to demonstrate its value...

Dr Jess Miller with Prof Neil Greenberg in discussion on the latest on trauma

12 March 2021

In March, Jess was lucky enough to spend some quality time with one of her trauma resilience guru's, Prof Neil Greenberg, catching up with the latest research on all things TRiM, TIPT, reseilience and peer support. The best take home message is that resilience is about knowing when to ask for help and that, as with so many...

Jess in reindeer ears says Merry Christmas with Mind

20 December 2020

For everyone who has supported the work of the Trauma Resilience in UK Policing project with Police Care UK, this is for you too, courtesy of Mind. A lovely 6 minutes of positivity (click here to hear it from me to you at 5m33 secs ; )