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NCJ Number: 99440 Find in a Library
Title: Validation Study of a Police Managerial Assessment Center
Journal: American Journal of Police  Volume:4  Issue:1  Dated:(Spring 1985)  Pages:71-91
Author(s): C L Quarles
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 21
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Formal evaluations of police managers confirmed the assessment center's ability to predict dimensions of managerial success by using a system of management and supervisory simulations.
Abstract: A properly administered assessor process can be a viable alternative to traditional selection and screening methods commonly used in contemporary preemployment and promotional systems. For the assessment center to be accurate, a job must be thoroughly analyzed so that appropriate simulations can be developed. For example, simulations to evaluate a police training officer would test planning ability, writing skills, ability to organize work groups and delegate authority, and ability to work under stress but would exclude cultural, religious, racial, and sexual biases. The typical assessment process usually spans 2-3 days, and assessors normally are police or police management personnel. To validate the assessment process, this study compared the assessment center scores of 16 men and women promoted to managerial positions between 1978 and 1980 with formal evaluations conducted 6 and 12 months after they had been promoted. The supervisors performing the postpromotion evaluations did not know the assessed scores of the probationary supervisors. There were no significant differences between the predictive scores and the formal evaluations. The paper outlines steps in establishing an assessment center and presents a skills-ranking appropriate for police managers. Tables and 10 references are supplied.
Index Term(s): Personnel evaluation techniques; Police management; Police personnel promotion; Police personnel selection
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