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NCJ Number: 200551 Find in a Library
Title: Police Corruption and Psychological Testing: A Strategy for Preemployment Screening
Journal: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology  Volume:47  Issue:3  Dated:June 2003  Pages:272-290
Author(s): Bruce A. Arrigo; Natalie Claussen
Date Published: June 2003
Page Count: 19
Type: Measurement/Evaluation Device
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article explores the effectiveness of psychological testing in identifying police officers who may later engage in corrupt practices.
Abstract: The problem of police corruption remains pervasive in many communities. It is widely agreed that the best solution is to use preemployment screening to identify those people most likely to become corrupt police officers. As such, it is important to use effective screening procedures and instruments if the preemployment identification strategy is to be successful in reducing overall police corruption. The authors contend that the personality characteristic of conscientiousness should be assessed in order to determine which individuals have a high likelihood of performing well on the job. Two personality inventories are reviewed for their effectiveness at assessing antisocial behavioral tendencies and conscientious personality traits: the Inwald Personality Inventory and the Revised-NEO Personality Inventory. The authors argue that their combined use, when administered correctly, represents a reliable predictor of good job performance. Implications for psychological testing, future research, and law enforcement practices are discussed. Appendix, references
Main Term(s): Psychological evaluation
Index Term(s): Personality assessment; Police corruption; Police misconduct
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