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Dr. Jack Digliani

Wrong Dr. Jack Digliani?

Police Psychologist

Loveland , Colorado Police Department

Employment History

  • Sheriff's Deputy
    Laramie County
  • Police Psychologist
    Loveland Police Department
  • Psychologist On Contract
    Loveland Police Department
  • Psychologist On Contract
    Larimer County Sheriff's Office
  • Police Psychologist


  • Ph.D.
    Colorado State University
  • doctorate in education
    University of Northern Colorado
Web References
In suicides, says Jack ..., 13 Feb 2013 [cached]
In suicides, says Jack Digliani, a police psychologist with the Loveland, Colorado Police Department, police officers are more likely to leave a note than the general population.
"In many cases, a manifesto reads like a suicide note," says Digliani. Dorner's lengthy manifesto, he said, had similar hallmarks, including a section thanking those who helped him. The manifesto, says Digliani, also offers insight into how Dorner could have turned from cop to criminal.
"Most officers are aware of the ..., 17 Jan 2013 [cached]
"Most officers are aware of the primary danger of policing - bad guys with guns, directing traffic in hazardous conditions," Loveland, Colo. police psychologist Jack Digliani said. "But they do not consider the secondary danger that asking for help is somehow equivalent to being weak."
Digliani, a former Laramie County Sheriff's deputy and Cheyenne Police officer, is promoting an initiative called "Make it Safe" to reduce the number of job-related police suicides.
"There's not a negative stigma to an officer reaching out for help from Jack."
Digliani said he is happy that Laramie and Albany counties are breaking down this stigma, adding that he hopes other departments in the area follow their example.
"My goal is to encourage departments to take active measures and make it safe for officers to ask for help," he said.
The rigorous demands of that work ..., 1 Dec 2010 [cached]
The rigorous demands of that work led psychologist and former police officer Jack Digliani to focus his career on helping law enforcers.
The duty to protect others - and possibly risk death in the process - is an "unavoidable stressor" for police, Digliani said.
"Most police officers are quite compassionate," he said. "They have to be to do this work."
Digliani has helped officers deal with the challenges of their job and the effects of traumatic events for more than 20 years.
There have been significant changes to the field of police psychology since the 1980s, he said. The American Psychological Association now has a "Psychologists in Public Service" division that includes police and public safety.
The perception in police stations has changed from the days when an officer seeking a "shrink's" help would be labeled a member of the "rubber gun squad" (unfit to carry firearms), he said.
In 1990, Digliani began a program with Fort Collins Police Services to provide counseling to all officers early in their training.
His book, "Reflections of a Police Psychologist" was released earlier this year and explains a variety of challenges police may encounter.
"I spent several years investigating primarily child sex crimes, and to say I needed a little help coming out of that job is an understatement," Jon Holsten, who worked with Digliani at FCPS, said in an e-mail.
"Jack was an amazing resource during some really difficult times, so to see him share his wisdom in this way is pretty neat."
Digliani said officers tend to deal "very well" with traumatic events, but between 4 percent and 5 percent can be "overcome by trauma" and leave policing altogether.
"I've had four officers in 20 years retire because of psychological issues," he said.
Digliani said prepared "pocket responses" such as, "That was an unusual incident" or "Got to go, take care," can be used to prevent further stress.
Coping with death, suicide and family issues also are covered in Digliani's book. Holsten said Digliani was "really influential in setting up peer-support teams," which give officers a place to connect with their colleagues and deal with issues.
Digliani began policing in 1976 as a Laramie County sheriff's deputy in Wyoming.
He later focused on psychology, working in a hospital's psychiatric unit before returning to police work in Fort Collins and ultimately becoming staff psychologist. He earned his doctorate in education in 1989 from the University of Northern Colorado and his Ph.D. in 1994 from Colorado State University.
He continues to serve as a psychologist on contract with Loveland Police Department and Larimer County Sheriff's Office.
Digliani said his book is written for police officers or anyone curious about the world of policing.
Jack Digliani's book, "Reflections of a Police Psychologist" is available at the Old Firehouse Bookstore in Fort Collins and the Anthology Bookstore in Loveland as well as online at
The Coloradoan - - Ft. Collins, CO., 4 Dec 2005 [cached]
Officers who have to use lethal force can have a variety of reactions, said Dr. Jack Digliani, a police psychologist with the Loveland Police Department.
"It can go from no reaction to serious psychological difficulties," Digliani said."And that's not just officers; that's anyone who's involved in a traumatic event."
Digliani has helped create a protocol for helping officers in those situations, beginning at the scene of the incident.
"On-scene support is vital," he said."It has to start then because that's when you see the reactions."
The protocol offers support and counseling for officers until they are ready to return to the job.
"In some cases, they may never be able to go back," Digliani said.
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