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
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
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