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Peace Officer Psychological Screening Manual

The POST Peace Officer Psychological Screening Manual provides guidance on all phases and aspects of the psychological evaluation process, from the selection and training of screening psychologists, to procedures for reaching a suitability determination and beyond. This guidance is intended to clarify and provide support on the conduct of pre-employment peace officer psychological evaluations in compliance with federal and state law, regulations, and professional standards. Although much of the information in the Manual is intended for screening psychologists, a number of sections are equally, and in some cases, more relevant, to hiring authorities and others involved in peace officer hiring.


The Manual is formatted for, and may be printed, two-sided (back-to-back). Hyperlinks throughout the online Manual allow for easy access to many of the referenced codes, regulations, and other source documents. The Adobe Acrobat bookmark feature can be used to navigate through the Manual. These features work best when the Manual is accessed as a saved pdf file.

Sample Forms

Psychologist CPE Training

Screening psychologists can earn 8 hours of POST and CPA-approved continuing professional education (CPE) by successfully completing an online examination on the Manual’s content. The CPE hours count toward satisfying Commission Regulation 1955(b) that requires peace officer screening psychologists to accrue 12 hours of POST-approved CPE biennially (including 6 CPE hours that should have been completed by August 30, 2014). Details on this requirement can be found in POST Bulletin 2013-12 (pdf).