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NCJ Number: 67269 Find in a Library
Title: UNIVERSITY POLICE SELECTION PROCEDURES
Journal: CAMPUS LAW ENFORCEMENT JOURNAL  Volume:10  Issue:2  Dated:(MARCH/APRIL 1980)  Pages:18-21
Author(s): J D SEWELL; M L BROMLEY
Corporate Author: International Assoc of College and University Security Directors
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: International Assoc of College and University Security Directors
Atlanta, GA 30329
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: SYSTEMATIC SELECTION PROCEDURES DEVELOPED FOR ENTRY LEVEL UNIVERSITY POLICE OFFICER POSITIONS BY UNIVERSITY POLICE AGENCIES AT THE FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY AND THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA ARE DESCRIBED.
Abstract: FOLLOWING COMPLETION OF THE INITIAL APPLICATION, SELECTION OF QUALIFIED APPLICANTS AT THE FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY IS DIVIDED INTO SIX STAGES: 1) WRITTEN EXAMINATION, 2) PSYCHOLOGICAL AND SITUATIONAL EVALUATION, 3) AN ORAL REVIEW BOARD, 4) AN ELIGIBILITY LIST, 5) PERSONAL HISTORY (BACKGROUND) INVESTIGATION, AND 6) FINAL SELECTION. TO MERIT FURTHER CONSIDERATION, APPLICANTS MUST SCORE AT LEAST 70 PERCENT ON THE WRITTEN EXAM, WHICH WAS DEVELOPED BY THE STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM PURSUANT TO EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY GUIDELINES. AFTER PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING, CANDIDATES APPEAR BEFORE AN ORAL REVIEW BOARD FOR MORE IN-DEPTH EVALUATION. APPLICANTS ARE SCORED FROM ONE TO TEN POINTS ON SEVEN QUALITIES DEEMED NECESSARY FOR UNIVERSITY POLICE AND FROM ONE TO THIRTY POINTS ON THE FINAL SCALE ITEM, 'SUITABILITY FOR POLICE SERVICE.' APPLICANTS ARE RANKED ACCORDING TO TOTAL COMBINED SCORES AND SELECTED FOR VACANCIES AFTER AN EXTENSIVE PERSONAL HISTORY BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND PHYSICAL EXAMINATION. SELECTION PROCEDURES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA HAVE AN ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT THAT ALL APPLICANTS MUST HAVE COMPLETED 60 SEMESTER HOURS AT AN ACCREDITED UNIVERSITY. THEY ARE INTERVIEWED BY A MANAGEMENT REPRESENTATIVE OF THE UNIVERSITY POLICE DEPARTMENT AFTER THE WRITTEN EXAM AND UNDERGO PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING AFTER CANDIDATES HAVE BEEN SCRUTINIZED BY THE ORAL REVIEW BOARD. A PROFILE OF POLICE OFFICERS HIRED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA BETWEEN 1975 AND 1979 INDICATES THE IMPORTANCE OF PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING AS A SCREENING DEVICE. IT IS CONCLUDED THAT, ALTHOUGH THE SELECTION PROCEDURES ARE TIME-CONSUMING AND REQUIRE HEAVY INVESTMENT, THE SPECIFIC METHODS CHOSEN BY THESE AGENCIES REDUCE THE POTENTIAL FOR ERROR IN THE SELECTION PROCESS. (DEG)
Index Term(s): Assault and battery; Equal opportunity employment; Personnel minimum standards; Personnel selection; Police education; Police management; Police personnel; Police recruits; Psychological evaluation; School security officers
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