Course Details

Course TitleSPCP 2019 - Multiculturally Sensitive and Reliable Pre-Employment Psychological Examinations in an Urban Police Force
Date 9/23/2019
Provider2019 SPCP Annual Conference
Credit Hours0.75
Instructor(s)Rafanello, King, Rodrigues, Brady, Ceballo, Lopez & Stettler
Method of InstructionWorkshop/Seminar
Approving AgencyAPA
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Course Description

This presentation offers data-driven perspectives regarding multicultural sensitivity considerations/procedures in pre-employment psychological exams among urban police officer candidates (N = 521 between 2016–2019). Suitability interpretations needed to be sensitive to the fact that, because of a local residency requirement and community policing strategy, a majority of candidates presented with demographic characteristics and life history experiences that differed from, or were partially obscured in, non-local norms. We will report data for the full sample regarding personal history issues, personality functioning and selection-relevant item responding, anger functioning, intellectual functioning, and evaluator recommendation—both overall and using various subgroup stratifications (e.g., race/ethnicity, monolingual vs. bilingual/multilingual). We will also describe our multicultural sensitivity and interrater reliability procedures (e.g., for evaluation team selection, training, and supervision/consultation; interpretation of collateral, testing, and interview information; use of ad hoc additional testing; & use of a structured professional judgment approach for POST dimensions)

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