Evaluation of Police Candidate Suitability: Advances in Empirically Based Methods

Evaluation of Police Candidate Suitability: Advances in Empirically Based Methods


3 Hours | 3 CEs (CEUs)


Program Description

This self-paced training program on Evaluation of Police Candidate Suitability: Advances in Empirically Based Methods is presented by Dr. David M. Corey.

In this program the presenter 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.

Intended Audience

This training program is intended for practitioners with prior experience in conducting preemployment evaluations of local, county, state, or federal law enforcement officer candidates.

Upon completion of this training program, participants should be able to:

  • 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)

About Dr. David M. Corey

Dr. David M. Corey is a licensed psychologist with nearly 40 years of experience performing high-stakes evaluations of candidates and employees in public safety positions (e.g., police officers, firefighters, emergency dispatchers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, federal law enforcement personnel) and other safety-sensitive positions, including physicians, nurses, and pilots. He is the founding president of the American Board of Police & Public Safety Psychology, and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 18). He is an ABPP board certified specialist in both forensic psychology and in police and public safety psychology. Dr. Corey’s practice consists primarily of conducting, teaching, and researching about preemployment psychological evaluations, fitness-for-duty evaluations, threat assessments, and competency-to-practice examinations, as well as testifying in civil cases involving such evaluations. He is licensed to practice psychology in Oregon, Hawaii, Washington, California, Utah, Arizona, and Ireland. He is co-author of Evaluation of Police Suitability and Fitness for Duty (Corey & Zelig, Oxford University Press)—a title in the series, “Best Practices in Forensic Mental Health Assessment” (Heilbrun, Grisso, & Goldstein). With Dr. Yossef Ben-Porath, he is the co-author of the MMPI-2-RF Police Candidate Interpretive Report (PCIR), the soon-to-be-released PCIR for the MMPI-3 and the textbook, Assessing Police and Other Public Safety Personnel Using the MMPI-2-RF: A Practical Guide (2018; University of Minnesota Press).

Course Outline

  • Discuss findings from empirical research related to post-hire performance in law enforcement officers
  • Review research findings related to suitability criteria
  • Review assessment methods including the use of the MMPI-2-RF

Here’s what others are saying about this training:

The presenter, Dr Corey, is very knowledgeable, dedicated, articulate, and friendly.

I liked hearing Dr. Corey speaking about the MMPI-2 RF directly — we use this in our evaluations for police, dispatch, and corrections officers, and I very much liked hearing how Dr. Corey looked at both the high and low scores on various scales. I especially liked the theory of mind information and will be revising our interview format asap to include some way of addressing this.

Excellent overview with Details, to Detailed details. Knowledgeable. Concise. Refreshing – both as now reserve P.O. and police psychologist.

Continuing Education Credit

This Distance Learning Course is a Home Study Training Program. To earn CEs you are required to complete all course materials, quizzes, and the evaluation. No partial credit is available. A score of 70% is required to proceed; you will be able to re-take any quiz on which you score less than 70%. Participants will earn 3 CE hours upon completion of these requirements. The CE Certificate will become available for download upon completion of the course evaluation.

Board Approvals: APA, ASWB, CPA, NBCC. Click here for state and other regional board approvals.

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