Course Details

Course TitleSPCP 2015 - Differences Between Law Enforcement Candidates With and Without Prior Military Service as Seen in the Results of Pre-Employment Psychological Evaluation on the MMPI-2 and PAI
Date 10/2/2015
ProviderSociety for Police and Criminal Psychology (SPCP)
Credit Hours0.25
Instructor(s)Molly Meier Hendrickson, MA; K.R. Juzwin, PsyD; Jamie Lilie, PhD
Method of InstructionWorkshop/Seminar
Approving AgencyAPA
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Course Description

A growing number of military service members in the United States are choosing to transition into law enforcement (LE) work following their military time served. It has been assumed LE candidates with military experience are potentially better suited for police work than candidates without military experience. As a result, many military veteran candidates are given preference points and education credits for their military service while completing the LE selection process, and several transition programs have emerged throughout the U.S. to help military service members transition to LE work. This current study statistically analyzed candidates with and without prior military service as seen on the results of the Pre-Employment Psychological Evaluation (PEPE) assessments, MMPI-2 and PAI. This presentation includes a thorough review of research regarding police culture, military culture, and the overlap between cultures, as well as what may contribute to the transition to police work for many military service members. In addition, this research study's findings regarding differences between LE candidates with and without prior military service as seen on the results of the MMPI-2 and PAI are presented with implications for all professionals involved in the selection process especially evaluating psychologists.

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