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Med Clin (Barc). 2014 Mar;142 Suppl 2:30-6. doi: 10.1016/S0025-7753(14)70069-7.

[Assessment of psychological conditions for the use of firearms in law enforcement].

[Article in Spanish]

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  • 1Instituto de Seguridad Pública de Cataluña. Barcelona. España. Electronic address: jvilardellmolas@yahoo.es.
  • 2Departamento de Justicia. Generalitat de Cataluña. Barcelona. España.
  • 3Instituto de Seguridad Pública de Cataluña. Barcelona. España.


To handle firearms safely, an individual needs to be in sound psychological conditions. This point is especially relevant in law enforcement, given that this group is likely to experience situations where there is a reasonably severe risk to life, physical integrity and that of third parties. These conditions cause high levels of stress and become a significant source of psychological strain. The assessment of these psychological conditions in law enforcement must stay ahead of this strain and should act preventively, establishing surveillance that is the product of a consensus between the needs of professionals and organizations. This evaluation should be conducted by technical specialists who understand and know the occupational reality of these professionals. A good assessment methodology starts with the need to discover the basic areas that need exploring, the ideal procedure for assessing these issues and the criteria that determine the aptitude (or lack thereof) for handling firearms. Once these goals have been established, we can be assured that the assessment will follow a set of principles that will give it homogeneity, effectiveness and efficiency. This type of assessment will help accomplish the mission that these security professionals are entrusted to by law, which is to protect the free exercise of rights and freedoms and ensure citizen safety.

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Armas de fuego; Assessment; Environment variables; Estado psicológico; Evaluación; Firearms; Personalidad; Personality; Procedimiento; Procedure; Psychological state; Variables del entorno

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