ERIC Number: ED041105
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Nov-5
Reference Count: 0
Psychological Assessment of Patrolman Qualifications in Relation to Field Performance; The Identification of Predictors for Overall Performance of Patrolmen and the Relation between Predictors and Specific Patterns of Exceptional and Marginal Performance.
Chicago Police Dept., IL.
Behavioral scientists have been slow in the development of effective procedures and in empirical validation of psychological testing instruments for selecting law enforcement personnel. This study involved 253 supervisory sergeants and field lieutenants and 2,327 uniformed patrolmen of the Chicago Police Department (CPD). Three major performance measures were tenure, a paired-comparison performance rating which stressed field performance, and the CPD semiannual performance rating which stressed administrative as well as field performance. An occupational test battery, which stressed behavioral requirements of the patrolman's job, provided motivational, intellectual, and behavioral measures. The test battery was administered twice, with a 5-month interval, to allow for validation analysis. Patrolmen who scored high on the tests were rated high on performance. The degree of this relationship increased when the subgroup of white patrolmen was treated separately and increased even more significantly when the Negro subgroup was treated separately. It was concluded that ideal attributes of patrolmen are all related to stability (1) in parental and personal family life, (2) in self-confidence and emotional behavior, (3) in maintaining cooperative attitudes, and (4) in developing a realistic orientation toward life. (CH)
Descriptors: Behavior Patterns, Behavioral Science Research, Law Enforcement, Performance Criteria, Personnel Selection
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 (J1.2:P27/2, $2.00)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (Dept. of Justice), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Chicago Police Dept., IL.