A comparison of psychological characteristics of standout police officers and Oregon Police Academy trainees Public Deposited

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  • Police officers are frequently viewed as being unable to perform the duties assigned to them by society. Criticism has focused on inappropriate reaction to social unrest and an inability to control crime. Improving the selection process of police officers has been proposed as an appropriate means of improving police officer performance. The problem is how to improve the selection process to select individuals who will perform at the highest level. This study attempted to determine if personality traits of standout police officers, as measured by psychological tests, differ significantly from personality traits of recruit police officers. Considerable research in Oregon has been done on personality traits of police officers. The research has dealt with testing police officer applicants and recruit police officers. This study compared the psychological profile of police academy trainees with the psychological profile of standout police officers. The standout police officers were identified in a study by John Koroloff. The standard t test was used for a comparison of personality traits based on test scores from the Law Enforcement Assessment and Development Report (LEADR), the Psychopathic Deviate scale (PD) and the MacAndrew Alcoholism scale (MA) of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI), and the Wonderlic Personnel Test. The LEADR consists of the 16 Personality Factors (16PF), the Clinical Analysis Questionnaire (CAQ), and second-order factors. A comparison was also made of the age difference between the two groups. The hypothesis that there is no statistically significant difference between the two groups was only partially supported. Statistically significant differences were found on the Intelligence, Low Energy Depression, Paranoia, Psychasthenia, Depression, and Psychoticism scales of the LEADR; on the Psychopathic Deviate and MacAndrew Alcoholism scales of the MMPI; and on the age difference.
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