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Outsider Finds Work on the Inside: An RCMP Officer Comes Face-to-Face With Prison Inmates

NCJ Number
Gazette Volume: 63 Issue: 5 Dated: 2001 Pages: 18-20
Melanie Roush
Date Published
3 pages
This article profiles the background and work of Matt Logan, who, while serving as an officer in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), obtained a masters degree in psychology and is currently on leave from the RCMP while serving as a registered psychologist with Correctional Service of Canada and fulfilling the requirements for his Ph.D.
Matt Logan is a counselor to inmates at the Matsqui medium-security institution in British Columbia. He assesses individual violent offenders for the purposes of determining risk and selecting the kind of programming they need and the institution where they should be placed. In his counseling role, he sees inmates about every 2 weeks on a regular basis. About half of the 12 to 15 offenders he counsels are lifers on parole, and the rest are violent offenders or sex offenders. Whatever their offense, most of the inmates he counsels have some type of personality disorder, and most experienced some form of abuse as a child. After he obtains his Ph.D. Logan plans to return to policing. He hopes to see the RCMP reinstate the operational psychologist position, which would focus not only on the management of negotiations in crisis situations but also anti-corruption, debriefing undercover operators, developing strategies for interviewing suspects, tactical communication training, and other innovations that would apply psychology to benefit the work of policing.