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Asian Conference of Criminal & Operations Psychology 2016

Emerging Trends in Crime, Safety and Security:

The role of Behavioural Sciences

12- 15 July 2016, Singapore

Jointly organised by the Home Team Psychological Services at the Ministry of Home Affairs, Singapore, the third run of Asian Conference of Criminal & Operations Psychology (ACCOP) will be held from 12 to 15 July 2016 in Singapore.

This is a unique opportunity to meet and to exchange information with experts in the fields of law enforcement, criminal and operations psychology, and behavioural sciences from both Asia and the West. ACCOP 2016 will see the gathering of officers and practitioners in this arena congregating, communicating and collaborating with one another.


The theme for the conference is ‘Emerging Trends in Crime, Safety and Security: the Role of Behavioural Sciences’; emphasising on the current industry topics and the role of behavioural sciences in the fields of law enforcement, correctional work, and terrorism. The conference tracks for ACCOP 2016 (which will be streamlined further after the call for papers) are:

  • Leadership Psychology
  • Organisational and Personnel Selection
  • Disaster and Critical Incident Psychology
  • Resilience
  • Terrorism Psychology
  • Crime and Investigative Psychology
  • Rehabilitation and Correctional Psychology
  • Clinical and Counselling Psychology in Law Enforcement, Corrections and Emergency Settings
  • Multidisciplinary Perspectives

THEME: Behavioural Sciences in the Public Safety Context

Thinking About the Future

Professor David Chan
Lee Kuan Yew Fellow & Professor of Psychology. Director, Behavioural Sciences Institute, Singapore Management University (SMU)

Vodcast Question:
How can behavioural sciences help law enforcement agencies think about the future in ways that will prepare them for the challenges and changes ahead?

“Behavioural sciences is about psychology and a host of other related disciplines to help us understand how people think, how they feel and how they order to accomplish its mission of keeping Singapore being our home, one that is safe and secure, we will need to know how to deal effectively with individuals, groups and societies..”


Behavioural Insights and Public Policy

Mr. Samuel Hanes
Director, The Behavioural Insights Team (Singapore)

Vodcast Question:
What is an example of how behavioural insights can be applied in the crafting of public policy?

“One of my favourite examples is a study we are running at the moment in UK Custody Suites. The idea is we put a message from a former inmate written on the wall of the custody suite to see if the message could reduce the chance that future people commit crimes.”


THEME: Disaster and Critical Incident Psychology

Psychological Stress Management for Emergency Responders

Mr. Jackson Lim
Chief Operating Officer, AETOS Holdings Private Limited

Vodcast Question:
Based on your personal involvement in major incidents that SCDF has managed over the years, what do you think should be put in place to ensure good management of psychological stress for the emergency responders?

“I recommend we take a system approach to it by first of all, understanding what are the ranges of psychological stress that our people can face, where they will face it, how they will face it, what they would be exposed to, and from that point onwards, develop a comprehensive system to deal with it.”


Hong Kong Police Negotiation Cadre

Dr. Gilbert Wong
Detective Senior Superintendent, Commanding Officer, Police Negotiation Cadre, Hong Kong Police Force
Hong Kong

Vodcast Question:
What is the mission and core values of the Hong Kong Police negotiations cadre? Could you elaborate more on what negotiations are all about? 

“Our mission is to save lives and solve crisis situations through negotiations.”
“You need to understand the need of the person, the goal of the operation, the time that it takes for negotiation and the action required for the negotiation processes.”


Psychological Support for Large Scale Police Operations

Dr. Alison Mak
Police Clinical Psychologist, Psychological Services Group, Hong Kong Police Force
Hong Kong

Vodcast Question:
Based on your experience in supporting the frontline officers during the Occupy Movement, what are the forms of psychological support that should be made available or provided for officers during large scale police operations?

“We need to be proactive in that we need to reach out to the frontline officers, be present on ground to give on-site support on the one hand, and on the other hand, we can also get a sense of their sentiments and needs.” “We need to be innovative and go beyond the traditional form of support services.”


National Resilience in Singapore

Mr. Jethro Tan
Behavioural Sciences Research Analyst, Home Team Behavioural Sciences Centre

Vodcast Question:
Based on your national resilience framework, what are the key facets of national resilience in Singapore?

“One of the key facets of the national resilience framework, which I think is the most important would be learning. Nations, government, organisations, we all have to learn in every sense of the word from past crises, crises experienced by other nations..”


Threat Assessment

Microsoft’s New Model for Incident and Threat Management 

Mr. Geoffrey Brown
Group Investigations Manager ASIA, Microsoft Global Security

Vodcast Question:
What are the key features of Microsoft’s new operations model and how has it improved on previous methods of assessments used for incident and threat management?

“We have now put in place an intelligence-driven operations led model through our Virtual Security Operations Centre..We get real-time data, not only during an event but before an event which helps us to try to predict where we will have some hot spots..”


Enhancing Cyber Security

Dr. Edna Reid
Associate Professor in the Intelligence Analysis Program, James Madison University
United States

Vodcast Question:
What is an example of an intelligence driven and behavioural approach to enhancing cyber security?

“You need to start collecting information about the cyber adversaries or the hackers.” “You do the analysis, and then you look at how you can use your results to be proactive so that type of situation won’t happen.” “It is to support the analysis and the defence of your network by looking at who are the hackers, and how can you profile them, and then how can you create scenarios to anticipate how they may attack you in the future”


Rehabilitation and Correctional Psychology

ADHD and the Criminal Justice System

Professor Susan Young
Clinical Senior Lecturer in Forensic Clinical Psychology, Centre for Mental Health, Imperial College London
United Kingdom

Vodcast Question:
Why should we be concerned about ADHD among the prisons population? What interventions should be put in place to address this issue?

“They are vulnerable individuals who have great needs, high levels of complex comorbidities and all sorts of associated difficulties and problems”
“These young people are moving from classroom to courtroom and we need to intervene in that process and get them into constructive employment. So we do that by identifying them, assessing them, identifying their needs and put into place specific managements to help them..”


Crime and Investigative Psychology

Are You Born a Murderer?

Dr. Adrian Raine
Richard Perry University Professor, Departments of Criminology, Psychiatry and Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
United States

Vodcast Question:
What is neuro-criminology? What new insights do neuro-criminology have to help us to better understand these criminal behaviours?

“It is the application of neuroscience techniques to understand the causes and cures of crime.” “Some studies have shown that mindfulness is effective in reducing aggressive behaviour.” “We try to take an nutritional approach that’s natural medicine, and it’s in some ways something that’s much more acceptable to people as a way of changing the brain to change behaviour.”


Stalking the Stalker!

Mr. Hamish Brown MBE
Retired Scotland Yard. Hamish Brown Consultancy Limited, United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Vodcast Question:
What exactly is stalking?

“Stalking is an unusual crime because the actual acts in isolation probably aren’t offences themselves but it’s the totality that really counts.”


Leadership and I/O Psychology

Ethical Failures at Work: What Can We Do About It?

Dr. Sherry Harden
Clinical & Police Psychologist, Harden Psychological Associates, P.C.
United States

Vodcast Question:
What effects do ethical failures have on individual officers and organization? What do you think organizations can do to avoid the ethical problems or failures from taking place?

“It can have an effect on the morale of the agency..the response of the agency to the ethical failures of the officer has more of an impact than the misconduct itself.”
“It is important for the leadership to respond appropriately in their discipline and in their support of officers that are not engaged in the misconduct”


Personalities and Psychopathy at the Workplace

Dr. Katarina Fritzon
Associate Professor, Faculty of Society and Design, Bond University

Vodcast Question:
What are the tell tales behavioural signs of a corporate psychopath? Could we share with us, what are the implications for organizations in their recruitment and performance management processes?

“You really think about the same characteristics as you get with the criminal psychopath but perhaps without some of the overt antisocial behaviours.” “But we also have to think about some of the more positive characteristics that we don’t see in the criminal psychopath.” “We would want to try and tailor some of that characteristics into positions where they can be beneficial and perhaps try to minimise the risk of harm.”


Terrorism Psychology

Countering Extremist Ideologies

Dr. Kumar Ramakrishna
Associate Professor and Head of Policy Studies,S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)

Vodcast Question:
Why are young people vulnerable to violent extremist ideologies and what do you think are effective strategies that can be employed to counter these extremist ideologies? 

“Young people are looking for a sense of identity, meaning in life, and they want to be involved in something bigger than themselves.” “Young people need the critical thinking skills, a better appreciation of current affairs so that they will have this ability to evaluate what ISIS propaganda is saying and to know where it has gone wrong.” “To deal with a threat of trans-national terrorism, you need a community of practice.”


Violent Extremism: Should I Report?

Mr. Neo Loo Seng
Senior Behavioural Sciences Research Analyst, Home Team Behavioural Sciences Centre

Vodcast Question:
What are the factors that would increase the risk of bystander effect for violent extremism? What do you think can be done to reduce this bystander effect?

“It is more than just responsibility. It is the closeness of relationship, and how people fear that it will cause disharmony within the family, disrupt relationship, and cause fear.” “We need to reduce this fear factor, make it easier for people to report.”