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NCJ Number: 136409 Find in a Library
Title: Entry-Level Police Selection: The Assessment Center Is an Alternative
Journal: Journal of Criminal Justice  Volume:20  Issue:1  Dated:(1992)  Pages:41-52
Author(s): J Pynes; H J Bernardin
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 12
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The utility of an assessment center for the selection of entry-level police officers was examined in a sample of 275 candidates assessed in a southeastern city over the 1982-1986 period.
Abstract: 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, but 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 an adverse impact against the black and Hispanic candidates. Selection based on the assessment center results would have eliminated the adverse impact against Hispanics and increased the percentage of blacks who were selected. Assessment centers emerge as a viable alternative for selecting police officers despite the costs associated with implementation. 1 figure, 2 tables, and 41 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Personnel evaluation techniques; Personnel selection
Index Term(s): Ethnic groups; Police officer performance evaluations; Police training innovations
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