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NCJ Number: 50114 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: BACKGROUND INVESTIGATOR'S MANUAL - A GUIDE TO THE EVALUATION OF ENTRY-LEVEL POLICE OFFICER CANDIDATES IN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: Wollack, Waibel and Guenther, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 147
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Wollack, Waibel and Guenther, Inc
Greenwood, CA 95635
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS MANUAL PROVIDES A SYSTEMATIC BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION PROCEDURE DESIGNED TO IDENTIFY ENTRY-LEVEL LAW ENFORCEMENT APPLICANTS WHO DO NOT POSSESS MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS IN SPECIFIED AREAS.
Abstract: IN 1976, SEVERAL DOZEN POLICE DEPARTMENTS IN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON AGREED TO PARTICIPATE IN A COOPERATIVE STUDY OF ENTRY-LEVEL POLICE OFFICER SELECTION PROCEDURES. THE OBJECTIVE WAS TO DEVELOP AND VALIDATE A NUMBER OF ASSESSMENT TECHNIQUES APPROPRIATE FOR THE SELECTION OF ENTRY-LEVEL POLICE OFFICERS. A NUMBER OF SPECIFIC PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS AND CAPABILITIES WERE IDENTIFIED IN THE STUDY AS ESSENTIAL TO THE SUCCESSFUL PERFORMANCE OF A POLICE OFFICER: APPEARANCE, DEPENDABILITY, INITIATIVE, INTEGRITY, INTERPERSONAL SKILL, ORAL COMMUNICATION SKILL, PHYSICAL ABILITY, READING SKILL, SELF-CONTROL, SITUATIONAL REASONING ABILITY, AND WRITING SKILL. THE MANUAL PROVIDES PROCEDURE TO ASSIST IN THE IDENTIFICATION OF APPLICANTS WHO DO NOT POSSESS MINIMUM LEVELS OF QUALIFICATION IN THE AREAS OF DEPENDABILITY, INITIATIVE, INTEGRITY, INTERPERSONAL SKILL, PHYSICAL ABILITY, SELF-CONTROL, AND SITUATIONAL REASONING ABILITY. GENERAL LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS PERTINENT TO OFFICER SELECTION ARE THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964, METHODS OF TEST VALIDATION IN INVESTIGATIVE PROCEDURES, FEDERAL COURT CASES ON BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS, THE JOB-RELATEDNESS OF BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS, AND THE WASHINGTON STATE LAW AGAINST DISCRIMINATION. GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS IN THE CONDUCT OF BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS ARE THE RECOGNITION THAT THEY ARE NOT CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS, OBJECTIVITY, THE RIGHT TO PRIVACY, AND GOOD PUBLIC RELATIONS. BACKGROUND AREAS TO BE INVESTIGATED INCLUDE WORK HISTORY, UNEMPLOYMENT RECORD, MILITARY RECORD, EDUCATIONAL HISTORY, CRIMINAL RECORD, TRAFFIC RECORD, INTERPERSONAL HISTORY, FINANCIAL HISTORY, MEDICAL HISTORY, EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS, THE USE OF NARCOTICS AND CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES, THE USE OF ALCOHOL, FRIENDS AND RELATIVES, MEMBERSHIP IN GROUPS, AND GENERAL REPUTATION. GUIDELINES FOR EVALUATING BACKGROUND EVIDENCE AND DUE PROCESS CONSIDERATIONS ARE EXAMINED. FORMS USED IN THE CONDUCT OF BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS AND RELATED INFORMATION ARE APPENDED. (DEP)
Index Term(s): Background investigations; Job analysis; Minimum basic training; Personnel selection; Police personnel; Testing and measurement; Washington
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