Entry-Level Police Selection: The Assessment Center is an Alternative
12 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2015 Last revised: 6 Mar 2015
Date Written: 1992
This article examines the utility of an assessment center for the selection of entry-level police officers. The assessment center successfully predicted both training academy and on-the-job performance. The predictive validities of the assessment center ratings were compared to the predictive validities of a paper-and-pencil cognitive ability test. The cognitive ability test outpredicted the assessment center ratings for training academy performance. However, the assessment center ratings outpredicted the cognitive ability test for on-the-job performance. Assuming a selection rate of 150 candidates for the cognitive ability test, there would have been adverse impact against the Black and Hispanic candidates. Basing selection on the assessment center results would have eliminated the adverse impact against Hispanics and increased the percentage of Blacks being selected. Despite the implementation costs associated with assessment centers, they are a viable alternative for selecting police officers.
Keywords: entry-level assessment for police officers, selection of police officers, assessment center, predictive validity
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