ERIC Number: ED115154
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
Characteristics of Successful Campus Police Officers. Research Report No. 10-74.
Leitner, Dennis W.; Sedlacek, William E.
Fifty-two University of Maryland, College Park campus police officers were administered the Personal History Index, the California Psychological Inventory, the Press Test, the Test of Social Insight, the Situational Attitude Scale, the Dogmatism Scale, and the California F scale. These predictors were related to the following performance criteria, using step-wise multiple regression and Pearson correlation at the .05 level: tenure, most commendations, most reprimands, most absenteeism, "ideal" officer, most promotions, highest peer rating, highest self-rating, and highest supervisor rating. Results indicated that statistically significant predictions were possible on all criteria, but that each criterion was associated with different, sometimes opposite characteristics. For instance, those with the highest peer ratings tended to be authoritarian, while those with the most commendations were not. Other findings included negative racial attitudes being associated with most commendations, "ideal" officer, most promotions, and highest supervisor ratings. Potential explanations and implications of these and other results are discussed. Ultimately a decision on the performance characteristics considered most important must be made so that officers meeting those requirements can be selected. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.