Police Selection

Police selection is a process by which police agencies decide on which applicants are suitable for law enforcement training. The application of psychology to the selection of police officers has long been a part of the process, usually in the form of a psychological evaluation performed by a licensed clinical psychologist. The evaluation typically involves considering a selection strategy, administering a battery of psychological tests, carrying out a personal interview, giving situational tests, and making a selection recommendation.

Selection Strategy

“Selecting-in” police applicants who demonstrate the qualities necessary to be successful on the job is one strategy some psychologists use to evaluate applicants' suitability for law enforcement training. A job-task analysis, usually performed by industrial-organizational psychologists, is one way psychologists obtain select-in information about necessary job skills ...

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