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NCJ Number: 50699 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: EFFICIENCY REPORTING - FRIEND OR FOE?
Journal: FBI LAW ENFORCEMENT BULLETIN  Volume:46  Issue:11  Dated:(NOVEMBER 1977)  Pages:27-31
Author(s): M G SHANAHAN
Corporate Author: Federal Bureau of Investigation
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: Federal Bureau of Investigation
Washington, DC 20535-0001
Publisher: https://www.fbi.gov 
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF A PERSONNEL EVALUATION SYSTEM IN A POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE DESCRIBED. THE PROCEDURE SUCCESSFULLY USED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT IS DETAILED.
Abstract: THE PROCESS OF EVALUATION STIRS DEEP FEARS AMONG PERSONNEL AND FOR THIS REASON, OFFICERS INDIVIDUALLY AND COLLECTIVELY OFTEN SABOTAGE SUCH PROJECTS. WHEN THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON NEEDED A SYSTEM FOR HIRING AND PROMOTION WHICH REFLECTED MORE THAN ACADEMIC CREDENTIALS, THOSE IN CHARGE OF THE PROJECT OPENED DIALOGUES WITH ALL CONCERNED. IT WAS FOUND THAT OFFICERS WANTED A TOOL WHICH COULD GIVE THEM DUE CREDIT FOR GOOD STREET DECISIONS AND HONEST EFFORT. IT WAS DECIDED TO EXTEND THE SYSTEM THROUGH LINE SUPERVISORS AND MIDDLE MANAGEMENT TO ASSURE ACCOUNTABILITY THROUGHOUT THE DEPARTMENT. THE RATING SHEETS WERE DEVELOPED OVER A 2-YEAR PERIOD WITH FULL INPUT FROM ALL CONCERNED. LIMITATIONS WERE PLACED ON THE LENGTH OF TIME A SHEET WOULD REMAIN IN AN OFFICER'S FILE. IT HAS BEEN FOUND THAT THE SYSTEM GIVES OFFICERS MORE CONFIDENCE IN PROMOTIONS BECAUSE THEY ARE BASED ON MEASURABLE CRITERIA. THE SYSTEM ALSO OPENS COMMUNICATION BETWEEN SUPERVISORS AND OFFICERS AND PROVIDES A BEGINNING POINT FOR JOB IMPROVEMENT EFFORTS. GOOD EFFICIENCY REPORTING IS CALLED ESSENTIAL IF A DEPARTMENT IS TO AVOID JOB DISCRIMINATION CHARGES. A SERIES OF RECOMMENDATIONS BASED ON THE UNIVERSITY'S EXPERIENCE ARE PRESENTED. SAMPLE PAGES FROM THE LINE OFFICER REPORT FORM ARE REPRODUCED. REFERENCES ARE APPENDED. (GLR)
Index Term(s): Evaluation; Personnel evaluation; Personnel promotion; Police personnel; Washington
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