Psychology and Law Enforcement

Well-trained law enforcement and correctional officers are prepared to handle any and all situations that come their way. In addition to tactical training, mental health training is essential because officers mainly rely on interpersonal skills to function effectively on the job. The modern day officer is psychologically-minded, equipped with an awareness of mental health issues relevant to civilian and officer populations. Dr. Pirelli addresses these issues and more in this interactive course that promotes officers’ professional competence, psychological awareness, and mental health. It is for all officers committed to continuing education and refining their skills.

This course is taught by Gianni Pirelli, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist in New Jersey (#4975) and New York (#019418). Dr. Pirelli has extensive training and experience in Forensic Psychology. He conducts psychological evaluations in criminal and civil matters, including firearm-related assessments. He has published extensively in the area of forensic mental health assessment and he has taught numerous courses at the post-doctoral, graduate and undergraduate levels.

Course Pricing

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“Very informative and a good introduction to shooting safely.”

Hi Anthony, Thanks for your email. Yes – I enjoyed the class yesterday; it was very informative and a good introduction to shooting safely. I now feel confident enough to go to the range and practice independently. However, I know that this is only an introduction and want to come back for further classes. I just wish you were closer than the 2 hour drive! But it was well worth it and will be seeing you again in 4-6 weeks. Many thanks.



Prerequisites: None. The material is suitable for all, including appropriately supervised, mature children. Minimum age, 8 years old.


Length of Course:

2.5-3 hours


What to Bring:

• Bring pad and pencil for note taking
• Classroom theory only, no live fire


What We Will Cover

• The core components of mental illnesses commonly encountered in the populations you serve
• Which diagnoses and symptoms are related to firearm-related violence and suicide in civilian and officer populations
• Non-tactical intervention techniques
• Psychological issues typically experienced in law enforcement and correctional
officers, including those that often lead to fitness-for-duty concerns
• Self-care techniques to utilize if you recognize mental health concerns in yourself
or others


Instructor Bios:

All of our high-level courses are taught by experienced professionals with the credentials to prove it. They are all trained and certified by the N.J. Police Training Commission, N.J. Department of Criminal Justice, and possess Federal Law Enforcement Instructor Certifications. They are experts in N.J. Use of Force Policies, and are always updating the course material with the latest use of force guidelines and case law. At Gun For Hire, this is not a “hobby”, but a full-time, legitimate vocation. Any “instructor” can teach you something, but only a select few can teach you the “why” or the “root of law” to justify your actions. If you were to use your newly acquired skills and were required to justify your actions, Gun For Hire instructors are ready, willing, and able to testify in your defense, as long as you had followed the training and procedures we provided. It does you, and your loved ones, no good if you survive the fight but have spend the next thirty years in prison because of the wrong advice you were given by a part-time amateur “instructor”.



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Disclaimer: In an effort to keep all of our students safe course objectives and drills are subject to change.