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NCJ Number: 64681 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: UTILITY OF PEER ASSESSMENT METHODS FOR POLICE OFFICER EVALUATION - VALIDITY, RELIABILITY, AND USER REACTION
Author(s): K G LOVE
Corporate Author: University of South Florida
Ctr for Evaluation Research
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 137
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL 33620
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 79-NI-AX-0023
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: THE INVESTIGATION WAS CONDUCTED TO TEST FOR DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THREE WAYS OF USING POLICE OFFICERS TO EVALUATE THE PERFORMANCE OF FELLOW OFFICERS: PEER NOMINATION, PEER RANKING, AND PEER RATING.
Abstract: FOR EACH METHOD OF ASSESSMENT THREE VARIABLES WERE EXAMINED: VALIDITY, RELAIBILITY, AND USER REACTION. SIMPLE AND MULTIPLE CORRELATIONS WERE USED TO DESCRIBE THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ASSESSMENTS MADE BY FELLOW OFFICERS AND RANKING AND RATINGS MADE BY SERGEANTS AND FIVE OBJECTIVE PERFORMANCE INDICES. A TOTAL OF 126 POLICE OFFICERS AND 19 CORPORALS PROVIDED PEER ASSESSMENTS ON ALL POLICE OFFICER AND CORPORAL PERSONNEL WORKING AT THE PATROL LEVEL IN A MUNICIPAL POLICE DEPARTMENT SERVING A MEDIUM-SIZE SOUTHEASTERN CITY. OVERALL, 256 POLICE OFFICERS AND 35 CORPORALS WERE ASSESSED BY FELLOW OFFICERS USING AT LEAST ONE OF THE THREE TECHNIQUES. THE PEER RANKINGS WERE THEN COMPARED WITH FORMAL EVALUATIONS BY THE RESPONSIBLE POLICE SERGEANTS. ALL THREE PEER ASSESSMENT METHODS AGREED CLOSELY WITH THE RANKING AND RATING PROVIDED BY THE SQUAD SERGEANT. HOWEVER, PEER RANKING REVEALED A SIGNIFICANTLY GREATER CORRELATION THAN EITHER PEER NOMINATION OR PEER RATING. PEER ASSESSMENTS ALSO CORRELATED HIGHLY WITH AWARDS RECEIVED AND THE NUMBER OF ON-THE-JOB INJURIES SUSTAINED. ALL METHODS SHOWED CONSISTENCY WHEN ASSESSING THE SAME OFFICER. THOSE PARTICIPATING IN THE STUDY WERE MILDLY NEGATIVE TOWARDS ALL THREE PEER ASSESSMENT TECHNIQUES. ADDITIONALLY, MEASURES OF FRIENDSHIP DID NOT HAVE A SUBSTANTIAL IMPACT ON THE EVALUATIONS. THE PEER AND SUPERVISOR ASSESSMENT INSTRUMENTS ARE APPENDED, AND TABULAR DATA AND OVER 90 REFERENCES ARE INCLUDED.
Index Term(s): Personnel evaluation; Police attitudes; Police effectiveness; Police personnel
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