ERIC Number: ED302775
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Assessment of Law Enforcement Candidates: Peer Evaluations and the MMPI.
Schumacher, Joseph E.; Scogin, Forrest
Screening and evaluating law enforcement candidates for employment as police officers is a complex task. It has been recommended that a clinical interview and comprehensive battery of psychological tests may aid in evaluation. The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) is often used for this type of psychological screening. Peer assessment may also be a potentially useful method of evaluating law enforcement candidates. This study examined the association of MMPI data to peer assessment data in law enforcement candidates. Law enforcement trainees (N=45) completed the MMPI, the Shipley Institute of Living Scale, and demographic information. Trainees evaluated their peers on three scales measuring likelihood to succeed as a law enforcement officer, interpersonal responsivity, and technical ability. Two instructors completed the same ranking and rating procedure. The results revealed that peer assessment measures correlated significantly with mean instructor evaluations and the candidate's final examination scores. The peer assessment measures appeared to be internally consistent in distinguishing who was predicted as most likely to be a successful police officer. Certain MMPI scales accounted for 18% of the variance in overall peer rankings. These findings suggest that peer assessment methods can assist in selection, screening, promotion, and other evaluative procedures with law enforcement personnel. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (96th, Atlanta, GA, August 12-16, 1988).