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Violence Assessment and Intervention: The Practitioner's Handbook
Ph.D., Michael H. Corcoran  More Info

About the Huntington Beach Police Department

The Huntington Beach Police Department is made up of more than 220 sworn police officers and over 120 civilian employees. Their careers range from Patrol, Detectives, Jail and Parking Control Officers to civilian positions such as Records Clerks, Dispatchers and C.S.I Investigators to name a few.  These individuals are responsible for protecting over 194,000 residents and 11 million visitors to Huntington Beach every year. All 32 square miles of the city and 8.5 miles of beaches are patrolled by the police department using cars, quads, motorcycles, and helicopters. The Huntington Beach Police Department employees are committed to serving the community with honor.


The Huntington Beach Police Department is organized into three divisions: Investigation Division; Uniform Division; and, Administrative Operations Division. Each division is made up of bureaus which have distinct duties to respond to the needs of the citizens and the Department.


The Administrative Operations division is headed by a Captain. This division is responsible for the Communications Bureau, Personnel Bureau, Support Services Bureau, and Budget Bureau. Communications encompasses the 9-1-1 center for the police department. Personnel are responsible for the testing and hiring of employees at the department. Support Services consists of the Training unit, the Alarm office, and the support services unit responsible for vehicle, computer, and building maintenance. The budget bureau involves both payroll and accounting.


The Uniform Division of the Huntington Beach Police Department is headed by a Captain. It, like most municipal and many state and county law enforcement agencies, is the largest of the three divisions and has the greatest number of personnel assigned to it. There are officers assigned to the Uniform Division. Within the Uniform Division is the Patrol Bureau, Traffic/Aero Bureau, and Special Enforcement Bureau. The Patrol Bureau is the most visible unit and consists of the officers seen in police cars, on foot beats, and on the beach quads. Patrol officers are assigned geographical areas known as beats. The city is broken down into 12 beats to allow sufficient coverage 24 hours a day. This assignment is for an entire deployment which allows the officer to become familiar with and address community problems. The Traffic/Aero Bureau consists of motorcycle officers, helicopter operations, parking control officers, and the crossing guard details. The Special Enforcement Bureau is made up of officers assigned to Directed Enforcement, Special Enforcement (such as Downtown Main Street or Bella Terra areas), Neighborhood Enhancement, and the Neighborhood Watch and Volunteer programs.


The Investigations Division of the Huntington Beach Police Department is also headed by a captain.  This division is comprised of General Investigations, Records, Jail, and Narcotics/Vice/Intelligence. The General Investigations Bureau is broken down into three units: Crimes Against Persons, Crimes Against Property, and Bunco-Forgery. Each unit handles the investigation of crimes relevant to their assignment. The Crimes Against Property unit is also responsible for the Property unit, which maintains control of all evidence and property booked at the department, and the Scientific Investigation Unit, which consists of fingerprint technicians, a criminialist, and the police photo/imaging specialist. The Records unit maintains reports, is responsible for subpoena/warrants, handles word processing/transcription services, and offers counter services, such as vehicle releases, report requests, and fingerprinting. The Jail is responsible for the booking/release of detainees, the housing of pre-trial arrestees, and inmate workers. The Narcotics/Vice/intelligence Bureau is responsible for the investigation of crimes involving narcotics, gangs, prostitution, and terrorism among other duties.




Dr. Michael H. Corcoran has been in the law enforcement field since 1968 and the threat assessment field since 1970 when he entered the United States Secret Service. While in the Protective Intelligence Squad, he assessed the dangerousness of those threatening the President and Vice President of the United States. From 1979 to 2002, he served with the Huntington Beach Police Department (California) as a police officer, sergeant, station commander and chief hostage negotiator.


Michael Corcoran has a BA in Law Enforcement and Business Administration, a Masters in psychology and, in 1979 he completed his doctorate studies in behavioral science. Michael Corcoran does threat assessments, determination of true potentials of dangerousness and criminal profiling for governmental agencies, law enforcement, Fortune 1000 companies, school districts and private individuals across the country. Dr Corcoran teaches classes in how to recognize, deal with and control suicidal, mentally ill, substance abusers and/or combative individuals. He has established guidelines and protocols for evaluating and handling personnel, either pre or post hiring, to avoid conflicts, to assess potentials of violence and to determine truthfulness. He has also assisted in designing, implementing and advising hostage/crisis negotiation teams for local law enforcement and private concerns since 1981.  Michael Corcoran is the co-author of Violence Assessment and Intervention: The Practitioner's Handbook.


According to the description of Violence Assessment and Intervention: The Practitioner's Handbook, “If you are responsible for people, they want and expect you to keep them safe on a regular basis. Violence Assessment and Intervention: The Practitioners Handbook shows you the most effective way to take the initial data and make quick decisions about whether the situation requires an immediate response with full resources or a less intense response. It gives you easy access to the information you need not only to handle emergency situations, but also to prevent them.


The principle focus of this book is not sociological theory, or even clinical assessment, but practical intervention, monitoring, and control of violence. It presents techniques for use in any situation, whether you are a mental health professional doing phone intake from a victim of domestic violence, a corporate human resource or security person getting a call about an incident that just occurred, or a law enforcement officer encountering a potential suicide. Using flow charts and step-by-step instructions developed while handling thousands of cases, the authors give practical advice on how to recognize the signals of potential violence by individuals, identify probable victims, and assess escalation of the threat.


Written specifically for the practitioner, this book provides practical, effective methods of violence assessment and intervention. During this time of increasing concern about security, threat assessment, and profiling for violence prediction, Violence Assessment and Intervention: The Practitioner's Handbook gives you the tools to decrease the chances of violence and increase safety in your organization.”

Michael Corcoran’s co-author James S. Cawood said of Violence Assessment and Intervention, “Mike and I have attempted to provide a very detailed and practical book to aid practitioners in managing case load. Sometimes it is with teams of talented people (wonderful when it happens) and sometimes it is triage, by yourself, late on a Friday afternoon when no one else is around. We assume that you know how to form teams and know why you would want to do violence risk assessment, the question is how to do it the best possible way, considering as many factors as possible to guide the best outcome. I think this book provides a variety of tools, insights, and ideas in one place that you, the practitioner will find helpful and that anyone who is working with emotionally and mentally destabilized people will find of practical benefit, including law enforcement in any assignment, mental health practitioners, legal professionals, human resource professionals, and people interested in the field.  We hope you find it valuable and that it enhances your safety and the safety of the people and communities that you work for and with.”

One reader of Violence Assessment and Intervention said, “An excellent and comprehensive guidebook for professionals involved in the area of threat assessment and incident management. This is a sorely needed text that covers the critical issues that the practitioner in this relatively newly developing field faces everyday. Corcoran and Cawood share the knowledge gained from their years of experience in a readable and well organized format. I highly recommend this book for either novices interested in this area of study, or for experienced practitioners to use as a primary reference.”

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