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Martin Reiser dies at 87; LAPD's first staff psychologist
Martin Reiser dies at 87; LAPD's first staff psychologist

Martin Reiser, the first full-time staff psychologist for the Los Angeles Police Department and a pioneer in treating troubled officers, defusing hostage situations and using hypnosis to elicit information about crimes, has died. He was 87. Reiser's death at his Los Angeles home Saturday was caused by leukemia, his daughter Mary Brusselsaid in an interview. He was diagnosed about a month earlier. Reiser was working with autistic children at the San Fernando Valley Child Guidance Clinic in 1968 when the announcement of an opening at the LAPD caught his eye. By all accounts, it was the first such job offered at a major U.S. police department. "I was given a small office, a...

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