The Bylaws of the Police and Public Safety Section

Article I: Name and Purpose

1. The name of this organization shall be the "Police and Public Safety Section" of the Division of Psychologist in Public Service (Division 18) of the American Psychological Association. The organization shall hereafter be referred to as the "Section."

2. The members of the Division of Psychologists in Public Service are principally involved in public service through their common responsibilities to carry out programs that are publicly legislated, publicly funded, and accountable to the  public. The members of the Section demonstrate their involvement by providing services to police and public safety personnel and the agencies they serve.

a. As Psychologists, we share these missions common to all organized groups of Psychologists to:

1. provide a forum for psychological information exchange,

2. develop psychological knowledge through research,

3. communicate psychological knowledge through education andtraining,

4. apply psychological knowledge through services to the public

5. develop and maintain standards, and

6. advance psychology and Psychologists in the public interest.

b. As Psychologists in public service in police and public safety settings, we have specific additional missions to:

1. promote the ability of Psychologists to serve the needs of police and public safety personnel and agencies, and the public they serve,

2. expand and distribute research to better understand police and public safety personnel and thus improve the services we provide,

3. communicate with the APA about professional issues and programs in police and public safety settings that impact agencies and personnel directly, and through them, the public they serve,

4. use psychological knowledge to develop and implement public policies in the best interest of personnel and agencies in police and public safety settings at all levels where public policy are set,

5. serve as advocates for police and public safety personnel by assisting agencies to making decisions that are more responsive to and supportive of their personnel.