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NCJ Number: 154785 Find in a Library
Title: Polygraphic Screening of Candidates for Police Work in Large Police Agencies in the United States: A Survey of Practices, Policies, and Evaluative Comments
Journal: American Journal of Police  Volume:12  Issue:4  Dated:(1993)  Pages:67-86
Author(s): F Horvath
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 20
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Because polygraph testing has been used extensively during the past three decades to screen job applicants for both private and public sector jobs in the United States and such testing has become increasingly controversial, this survey was conducted to ascertain the use of polygraphs by large police agencies.
Abstract: The survey questionnaire contained 41 separate areas of interest and was sent to 699 of the largest police agencies in the United States. The initial mailing in 1989 and two followup mailings resulted in usable returns from 626 police agencies, for a response rate of 90 percent. Of the 626 agencies, 196 (31 percent) had never used polygraph screening, 44 (7 percent) had discontinued their polygraph screening program, and 386 (62 percent) had an active polygraph screening program. Most agencies automatically rejected applicants who refused to undergo polygraph testing. Further, most agencies did not allow re-examination of those who failed, except in specifically authorized circumstances. The majority of agencies felt polygraph testing provided information that could not be obtained by other personnel selection methods. An overwhelming majority of agencies (93 percent) expressed moderate or high confidence in their polygraph screening program. 18 references, 1 note, and 8 tables
Main Term(s): Police personnel selection
Index Term(s): Mandatory polygraph screening; Personnel evaluation techniques; Police policies and procedures; Police recruits; Polygraphs
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