The Triumph of Techniques Over Purpose: Evaluating Police Officer Selection

Review of Public Personnel Administration, Vol. 21, No. 3, Fall 2001, 219-236

18 Pages Posted: 18 Oct 2014

Date Written: 2001

Abstract

This article examines the tension that often arises between the values of public personnel administration and the technical/psychometric characteristics found in the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection. It is recommended that selection examinations for police officers move beyond focusing on logical-mathematical skills and expand to include additional individual variables that affect behavior in organizations. A comprehensive review and reassessment of police officer recruitment, selection, training, supervision, and evaluation is needed.

Keywords: Police selection, diversity, training, testing

Suggested Citation

Pynes, Joan E., The Triumph of Techniques Over Purpose: Evaluating Police Officer Selection (2001). Review of Public Personnel Administration, Vol. 21, No. 3, Fall 2001, 219-236. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2511008

Joan E. Pynes (Contact Author)

University of South Florida ( email )

Tampa, FL 33620
United States

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