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Personality characteristics of effective state police officers

Supervisors' ratings of leadership and overall suitability for police work were obtained for 49 male state police officers (20–35 yrs) with 1 yr of police duty. Scores for the 18 California Psychological Inventory scales, as well as scores from an independently developed leadership equation and a police performance equation, were correlated with supervisory ratings. The "modal" personality that emerged agreed with past studies characterizing police as bright, assertive, well-adjusted individuals. Prediction of supervisory ratings was found to be superior for the equation specifically designed to predict police effectiveness as compared with a more general index of leadership. Support for a general set of personality characteristics (dominance, functional intelligence, and autonomous achievement) predictive of police effectiveness is indicated from the present results. (16 ref) http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Applied Psychology PsycARTICLES®

Personality characteristics of effective state police officers

Abstract

Supervisors' ratings of leadership and overall suitability for police work were obtained for 49 male state police officers (20–35 yrs) with 1 yr of police duty. Scores for the 18 California Psychological Inventory scales, as well as scores from an independently developed leadership equation and a police performance equation, were correlated with supervisory ratings. The "modal" personality that emerged agreed with past studies characterizing police as bright, assertive, well-adjusted individuals. Prediction of supervisory ratings was found to be superior for the equation specifically designed to predict police effectiveness as compared with a more general index of leadership. Support for a general set of personality characteristics (dominance, functional intelligence, and autonomous achievement) predictive of police effectiveness is indicated from the present results. (16 ref)
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