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SOC35:Officer Selection Processes Ch5

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SOC35:Officer Selection Processes Ch5 SOC 354

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Date Created: 03/27/16
OFFICER SELECTION PROCESSES Chapter 5 THE HIRING PROCESS ▯ ▯ ▯ prepared by Human Resources department. Nearly all applicationcement, processes are exclusively on-line now. ▯ ▯ ▯ ▯ ▯ ▯ Minimum qualifications vary by agency, but examples may include: Age, citizenship, good enough health & fitness to perform job functions, perhaps state certification.mum education level, “clean” criminal record, ▯ ▯ ▯ ▯ ▯ May also list additional qualifications that are not required-but preferred, experience, etc. experience, more education than minimum, military ▯ ▯ ▯ Few, if any, agencies use specific height/weight requirements because they may be discriminatory. However they may say your weight must be ▯roportional to your height. ▯ ▯ ▯1 Recruitment Most agencies at the very least advertise available positions. Recruitment specific types of applicants, etc. Recruitment efforts vary greatly.o target ▯ ▯ ▯ ▯ ▯ ▯ ▯ Written Exam General skills: basic vocab, retention of detail, math. They are usually NOT components. May vary a lot from agency to agency. Usually purchased from testing services who have gone through the time and expense of assuring they meet the three legal standards: Is it valid/job related? In other words, is it related specifically to the position? ▯ geography, etc? In other words, are the results consistent across time, ▯ Is it non-discriminatory? In other words, does it have a disparate impact on protected classes? ▯ ▯ ▯ ▯ ▯ ▯ ▯ ▯ ▯ ▯2 ▯ ▯ ▯ ▯ PhysicalAgility For example, if a disproportionate percentage of women fail compared tolity. men, the exam may fail the non-discrimination test. ▯ Oral Boards employees of that agency. Others add employees from HR, people fromnt outside policing, etc. ▯ Some agencies also use role-play scenarios, varying from quite elaborate scenarios with outside actors, to simple, brief scenarios with the regular ▯ssessors playing roles. Some agencies use brief screening interviews designed to eliminate those few who appear to be unable to think & talk, or people who have no idea why they’re there, or are there for all the wrong reasons. ▯ ▯OMMUNICATION SKILLS are very important Oral Boards ▯ ▯ ▯ ▯ Answer the questions, give reasons for your answers, and relate your life/job you’ve always wanted to be a cop, took classes, etc.eed lots more than to say ▯ ▯ ▯ ▯ ▯ ▯ ▯3 ▯ ▯ ▯ Polygraph & Similar Tools (CVSA)AKATRUTH VERIFICATION Polygraph does not meet proof beyond a reasonable doubt USEFUL: employment checks, criminal investigations Reliability: LAB 65% & FIELD 98% **What you have done is not nearly as important as whether or not you will tell the truth about it **Our need for people of integrity comes ahead of candidates right to privacy These tools may be used in conjunction with “integrity interviews. ▯ ▯ In terms of crime, looking at recency and frequency. Decision-making, honesty and ▯ntegrity are the issues. They forgive a lot of stuff, but not dishonesty. They are NOT looking for perfect people. They’re looking for perfectly honest people! ▯ Courts have ruled that the community’s need for people of good character in positions of trust supersedes an applicant’s right to privacy. You don’t have a Constitutional right to be a police officer. Agencies also have to protect against losing lawsuits for negative hiring/retention. ▯ about the candidate’s background, and often convinces candidates to openon up, and that they must be honest. ▯ Upcoming polygraph will often be mentioned to candidates during the interview process, giving the candidate a chance to discuss anything they’re concerned about, and giving the agency a chance to check for consistency of response later. ▯ ▯ ▯ ▯ Background Investigation Comprehensive, takes 2 months. ▯4 ▯ Because of the time and expense involved, many agencies reserve this step for just the very few finalists they’re considering. ▯ These investigations fill in lots of details related to accuracy/honesty of applicant in previous statements, work history, criminal history, ability to get ▯long with others, disciplinary problems, etc. They also frequently reveal lots of very positive aspects about applicants. ▯ ▯ ▯ CONDITIONALJOB OFFER Medical Exams Health (vs. fitness) exams: “physical,” treadmill, drug screen. Sometimes reveal conditions that legitimately disqualify a candidate. Also checking validity of health claims made on applications and during interviews. ▯ Psychological Exams Primarily useful for screening out applicants with serious mental problems, such screening.tect the agency from lawsuit vulnerability if they don’t do ▯ Usually conducted by outside psychological/psychiatric professionals using instruments verified to meet the 3-pronged test mentioned above. ▯ ▯ ▯ In a “typical” FCPD hiring, 1-5% of each pool is offered a job. ▯ Hiring process takes 5-7 months. ▯ DIFFERENCES BYAGENCY While most policing agencies include most of the above components in their hiring/promotional processes, there can be dramatic differences in how these components are structured from one place to another. ▯5 ▯ ▯ ▯ ▯ ▯ ▯ ▯ ▯ ▯ ▯ECOMMENDATIONS ▯ ▯ ▯ ▯ ▯ Personality Traits: Personable “Clean” record Responsive to direction OPEN MINDED Patient Communication Quick/Good Judgement Respectkinned Fit Sound Mentally Teamwork (Military) Customer Servicenfidence (engage) Conflict Resolution Understand Job ▯6


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