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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.

  • 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

Blog "The Police Were Traumatised Before Covid19" June 2020

11 June 2020

Jessica Brown's 'Stories To Sit With' article on police trauma exposure is worth a read, narrating experiences of life on the job and the reality of lessons that need to be learned in trauma exposure management. The article also features the Trauma Resilience in UK Policing project with Police Care UK and the Department of...

Dr Jess Miller talks to Che Donald (PFEW) on Covid19 Resilience for officers

16 April 2020

Police officers and staff are facing new challenges in unprecedented conditions during the pandemic. Repeated exposure to sudden deaths, lack of time to process incidents before the next job and anxiety over bringing the virus back into the home are key issues on which the Police Federation of England & Wales want to...

Jess in conversation with Rick Hanson about Covid19 & The Policing Brain:

14 April 2020

On Thursday 9th April Jess had the privilege of talking with Dr Rick Hanson about trauma resilience for Police during the Covid19 pandemic. Listen here Rick Hanson, Ph.D. , is a psychologist and New York Times best-selling author. He’s been an invited speaker at NASA, Oxford, Stanford, Harvard, and meditation centers...