Brain Day For Police Officers
Over the past twenty years there have been astounding advances in our understanding of the workings of the human brain and nervous system. We are now beginning to understand the underlying brain mechanisms which mediate mental functions and human behaviour. Unfortunately, trying to decipher anatomical terms, clinical syndromes and technical procedures used for examining the healthy, damaged and post-mortem brain, can be an unenviable task for the layperson.
The modern police officer will often attend accidents in which head trauma has occurred, and autopsy, when the brain is removed from the cranium and examined, forensically or otherwise. In both settings, and in the Court of Law, comprehension of terminology and procedures employed is important. Brain Day is thus intended to provide the investigating officer with a working knowledge which will greatly aid in understanding medical and scientific information relating to the brain, encountered across different work-based settings.
This tutorial is based around the format of the widely praised and successful MBI Brain Day; a tutorial developed for universities and sixth forms and designed to present students with a comprehensive and stimulating introduction to the brain. Brain Day for the Police Force retains the high standard of presentation set by the above tutorial and introduces material highly relevant to the working police officer.
Aims of Brain Day
There are three main aims to this seminar:
to provide the police officer with an overview of how the human brain works, illustrating elementary principles of anatomy and brain function.
to examine what happens when the brain becomes damaged, disorganised and degenerates, with accompanying clinical examples.
to introduce and make accessible terms and medical procedures which the working police officer is likely to encounter in clinical settings such as hospital and autopsy, and in Courts of Law.