Assignment 2: Selecting Prospective Police Officers
Various characteristics are associated with fair-minded, effective, and successful police officers. Many police departments make sure that they carefully screen potential police officers on the basis of qualities like personality traits and achievements. These serve as potential predictors for selecting future police officers with integrity and ability. The goal, of course, is to learn up front whether individuals will actually transform into effective and ethical officers before investing time and money into training police officers.
On the basis of your assigned readings, by the due date assigned, in a minimum of 350 words, post to the Discussion Area your response to the following:
- Describe what you consider are the most important selection criteria for potential police officers.
- How important are the quality and quantity of college education for individuals aspiring to become responsible police officers?
- What according to you are some personality characteristics that are important for becoming responsible police officers? Evaluate and justify these characteristics.
- How would you ensure diversity among the ranks—including racial minorities, women, and people from different sections of society? Or how much weight should be given to factors such as race, ethnicity, religion, and gender of candidates during selections?