Course Details

Course TitleAAFP: Evaluation of Police Candidate Suitability
Date Varies
ProviderCONCEPT Continuing & Professional Studies (Palo Alto University)
LocationPalo Alto
Credit Hours3
Instructor(s)David Corey, PhD, ABPP
Method of InstructionOnline (Asynchronous/Self-paced)
Approving AgencyAPA
Course Syllabus

Course Description

This program will discuss findings from empirical research with direct implications for refining predictions of post-hire performance in law enforcement officers. These findings and their related assessment methods (including the use of the MMPI-2-RF) will address suitability criteria involving implicit bias, cultural competence, effective interpersonal engagement (with the public, peers, and supervisors), performance under stress, performance during field training, and other targeted interests.

Course Objectives

Describe no fewer than eight psychological constructs with empirical links to police officer performance

Describe evidence-based strategies for interpreting clinically non-elevated MMPI-2-RF scores of police officer candidates

Describe research findings to assess the malleability of a police officer candidate’s propensity toward implicit bias

Describe psychological constructs that are problematic for police officers at both high and low levels (e.g., control, vigilance, activation, self-importance)