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Title: American Academy of Police Medicine
Journal: Police Chief  Volume:49  Issue:1  Dated:(January 1982)  Pages:49-54
Author(s): C G Robinson; H Fisbone; R Daley
Date Published: 1982
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
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Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Panelists discuss medical standards for screening police candidates, the disability retirement system, and the psychological screening of police candidates, all with reference to the New York City Police Department.
Abstract: The purposes served by a law enforcement agency's having medical standards are indicated to be (1) ensuring that those hired are capable of fulfilling the required police functions, (2) screening out persons with medical problems that predispose them to frequent sick absences, (3) ensuring that persons hired can function effectively for a reasonable number of years after appointment, and (4) identifying present and past drug users. Data are supplied on medical conditions that have caused the rejection of applicants to the New York City Police Department from August 16, 1979, to February 29, 1980. Steps in the appeal of a medical disqualification and other factors in the attrition process are also discussed. In describing the disability retirement system of the New York City Police Department, it is reported that the authority to determine that an officer is medically unfit to perform full police duty and should therefore be retired is vested in a medical board consisting of three physicians. Data on disabilities warranting retirement are provided for January to June 1981. The instruments used in the psychological screening of police candidates are briefly described, along with the procedure for interpreting them and applying the findings to the hiring decision.
Index Term(s): Medical evaluation; New York; Personnel selection; Police personnel; Psychological evaluation; Retirement and pensions; Standards; Testing and measurement
Note: From Official Proceedings of the 88th Annual Conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, September 26 - October 1, 1981, New Orleans, Louisiana
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