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Psychological Aspects of Police Peace-Keeping Overseas

NCJ Number
Police Journal Volume: 62 Issue: 4 Dated: (October-December 1989) Pages: 319-324
A J Taylor
Date Published
6 pages
The use of police from New Zealand to help keep peace in Namibia in 1989 and in other nations at other times exemplifies the issues that police face when involved in peacekeeping efforts in nations other than their own.
Training is a crucial issue for peacekeepers, and psychologists can have a substantial role in training. Potential peacekeepers need to identify and neutralize their prejudices and rigid assumptions regarding race, religion, and social status. They also need to have ability, stability, tolerance of others, and compatibility with others. In addition, they should also prepare for the possibility of being taken captive; for geographic isolation; and for social, emotional, and sexual deprivation. Furthermore, they should prepare themselves carefully in the weeks before departure, plan activities for their leisure time, discuss their fears and opportunities with their family members, and adopt a mission statement to serve as a moral force and guide during their time abroad. 10 references.