33 Crim. Just. & Behavior 3 (2006)

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PREDICTION OF LAW

ENFORCEMENT TRAINING

PERFORMANCE AND

DYSFUNCTIONAL JOB

PERFORMANCE WITH GENERAL

MENTAL ABILITY, PERSONALITY,

AND LIFE HISTORY VARIABLES




MICHAEL J.   CUTTLER
Law Enforcement Services, Inc.
PAUL  M. MUCHINSKY
University ofNorth Carolina at Greensboro


Two studies were conducted on personnel in the field of law enforcement. Study 1 examined the
predictability of law enforcement candidates who failed to complete either academy or field
training versus a matched-case control sample who passed training. Study 2 examined the pre-
dictability of law enforcement officers who were formally disciplined for inappropriate behavior
on the job versus a matched-case control sample who were not disciplined. General mental abil-
ity, personality, and life history variables served as the predictors of these criteria. The predictive
accuracy of a specially constructed life history veracity index (an internal validity scale) was also
examined. The results revealed that both criteria were predictable, but with differential accuracy
across the predictor types. These findings are discussed in the context of recent research on the
selection of law enforcement personnel, the major constructs assessed in the study, and issues
associated with longitudinal validational research.

Keywords: prediction; law enforcement; personnel selection; academy training; job
         performance






A s chronicled by Drees, Ones, Cullen, Spilberg, and Viswesvaran
     (2003), the screening of police applicants can be traced back to
1829  in London. Until 1960, the assessment of candidates was limited

CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND BEHAVIOR, Vol. 33 No. 1, February 2006 3-25
DOI: 10.1177/0093854805282291
0 2006 American Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology
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