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NCJ Number: 142308 Find in a Library
Journal: Policing and Society  Volume:3  Issue:2  Dated:(1993)  Pages:73-90
Author(s): S P James
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 18
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Conventional police performance measures are based upon an industrial-organizational (I-O) approach, which concentrates upon the individual officer's effectiveness and propriety.
Abstract: However, evaluations of current assessment systems have shown that subjects were not rated multidimensionally, that ratings made over a significant period of time were not interrelated, and that the objective measure most closely associated with performance ratings was age. Using data obtained during a longitudinal study of performance assessment in an Australian police department, this author argues that plausible alternative interpretations should be allowed to compete with traditional I-O technical assessments. These alternatives would require that the performance ratings analyzed here be treated as reflections of rater characteristics, rather than ratee characteristics. The end result would be different sets of police performance criteria, and different indications of validity, applicable to the various stages of an officer's career.
Main Term(s): Evaluation of evaluation; Police performance evaluation
Index Term(s): Australia; Evaluation criteria; Longitudinal studies
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