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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, 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.

  • Our 2021 paper on PTSD prevalence in UK policing reports findings from the Policing: The Job & The Life Survey (2018) and the Police Care UK report is available here. and in 2022 we published a response to a Plos One article citing this work here.

  • In 2022, we publish a new paper on job quality, working conditions and post-traumatic stress in the UK Police with the Oxford University Press in Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, called 'The Association Between Job Quality and the incidence of PTSD amongst Police Personnel

  • March 30th sees the new book "The Policing Mind: Trauma Resilience for a New Era" is available for pre-order here  with proceeds to Police Care UK for the first 600 copies


Latest news

Policing Trauma and Surfwell on the BBC: We Are England

27 January 2023

Dr Jess joins the amazing Surfwell Team to talk about policing, mental health and the impact of nature and an open mind on trauma resilience. To view the episode trailer, click here

Policing Blog for Global Compassion Coalition

27 January 2023

Dr Jess talks openly about the current pressures on the UK police force and how the dynamic of compassion works both ways between policing and the social world we live in. To read the blog and hear more about the fantastic work of this pioneering coalition, click here

Sunday Times article : Special Measures, trauma and policing

1 August 2022

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