Course Details

Course TitleSPCP 2018 - Session 4: Using Algorithms to Enhance LEO Officer and Leader Job Performance Prediction
Date 10/1/2018
Provider2018 SPCP Annual Conference
LocationSarasota, FL
Credit Hours0.25
Instructor(s)James M. Fico, Ph.D.
Method of InstructionWorkshop/Seminar
Approving AgencyAPA
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Course Description

Psychologists use objective data to predict LEO officer and leader job performance. Objective testing contributes to those predictions. However, test results are multi-factorial and require the psychologist to sort those results according to critical job-related candidate characteristics. Algorithms have demonstrated predictive validity in a variety of employment settings. This presentation will outline: 1. Why test data should be converted into an algorithm to focus on critical job characteristics for LEO officers and leaders. 2. How psychologists can create and validate their own predictive algorithms. The presentation will also review how an algorithm was used to compare 15 year old test data with LEO career outcomes for selected officers. In addition, we will describe how current validation samples were used to determine if an algorithm could help predict supervisor performance ratings of officers and leaders. The algorithm used in both archived and current samples focused on objective evidence of Courage/Initiative, Integrity/Credibility, Persistence/Resilience, Vision/Persuasiveness, Team Commitment/Engagement and Technical Competence/Reasoning Skills.

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