Vitaliy Karpenko, Lviv State University of Internal Affairs, Ukraine

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In this article the author presents a modern approach to the study of creative thinking among law enforcement officers. The activities of a police officer are constantly associated with the solution of various problems, so everyone should be actively thinking. Thinking as mental process is always directed to reveal the deep connections of objective reality. According to many scientists the main task of the psychological studies of thinking is the study of the mental cognitive process, primarily of the internal laws of its occurrence. Therefore in author's opinion, a successful study of creative thinking of a police officer is only possible with considering the place of thinking in the structure of the creative activity phenomenon. After analyzing the results of theoretical and experimental studies of creative intellectual activity, as well as considering the results of his own work the author is convinced that it is necessary to pay close attention to some basic theoretical and practical provisions which characterize both the phenomenon of thinking, its process, components, forms, determinants, and the scope of its functioning. The paper presents also an opinion that the most productive modern ways of measuring creativity, based on the multiple-factor approach should be the methods and techniques aimed at studying dimensions (factors) presented in the paper. Bearing in mind the scientific tradition of forming a set of diagnostics instruments to study the qualities and properties of the human psyche, his abilities, developmental levels of mental processes, we can determine a tentative toolkit for empirical studies of creative thinking among police officers. The article provides an example of a set of techniques the author has compiled.