Psychological competence of the police head as the foundation of professionalism



Nowadays the leader in the police organs and units mast be not only professional, but also a qualified psychologist, capable to understand and solve problems of a psychological nature. The main emphasis in the development of professionalism of the police head is placed on the formation and development of psychological competence as professionally important characteristics of the individual, showed in the ability to interact with others, to orient in social situations, to identify the personal characteristics of subordinates and to find adequate strategies of interaction with them. In this regard, there is a need to study the psychological competence of leader in the theoretical and applied aspects. Modern society dictates the conditions under which the image is formed of an effective leader. Managers seeking to improve their professional skills, possess certain psychological skills, develop their leadership potential is able to provide a high level of managerial productivity, improve not only the quality of the professional component, but also the authority of law enforcement agencies in General.

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Keywords: psychological competence, competence, professionalism, communicative competence, portrait of the modern head of police, social and psychological training, efficiency of psychological training of leaders.

Journal rubric: Psychology of Professional Activity

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Mitrakova E. Psychological competence of the police head as the foundation of professionalism [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psikhologiya i pravo = Psychology and Law, 2015. Vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 117–125. DOI: 10.17759/psylaw.2015100209. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Elena Mitrakova, PhD in Psychology, the Lecturer of Department of Criminal Law and Criminology,major of police, Federal Public State Educational Institution of Higher Education«Rostov Law Institute of the Russian Interior Ministry», Rostov-na-Donu, Russia, e-mail:



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