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Police Officer Evaluations: Suitability for Hire and Fitness for Duty

Suitability for hire and fitness for duty evaluations (FFDEs) for police officers are complex evaluations that attempt to predict one’s suitability for being hired as a police officer or to determine fitness to continue to serve as an officer. There are multiple issues with regard to conducting these assessments; some of the issues addressed in this entry are (a) predictive validity; (b) normative samples, defensiveness, and response styles; (c) the California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) dimensions; (d) typical problems with police officers; and (e) typical types of psychological measures that are used in conjunction with police evaluations.

Predictive Validity

Predictive validity refers to how accurate psychologists are in predicting what they are trying to predict. It asks the question, “What percentage of the time is ...

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