|Uses:||police officer applicant screening|
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Police officers are often faced with difficult situations that require quick, logical decision-making. The SIGMA Survey for Police Officers (SSPO) is an objective, reliable, and highly valid assessment for screening job applicants for the position of police officer. The SSPO uses job-relevant questions to identify individuals with the cognitive skills necessary to use sound judgement in police situations, show good comprehension of legal documents, and to write credible incident reports.
The ability to write good incident reports is important in police work because their accuracy and credibility are often crucial as court evidence in the administration of justice. Research has found that the SSPO distinguishes between job candidates who can and cannot prepare satisfactory incident reports. The SSPO also measures general cognitive ability, which has been found to be one of the best predictors of job performance for virtually all jobs. More effective than resumes, education, references, or interviews.
Questions were carefully selected to be job relevant, both because such items are more acceptable to candidates and employers, and because the use of job-relevant content in applicant screening tests is very much more likely to be resistant to legal challenge.
Incident Report Writing: Contains three subsections that assess the candidate’s spelling, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation skills.
Police Problem Solving: Consists of descriptions of events requiring decisions by a police officer, such as incidents involving patrolling the city, approaching a group of disorderly individuals, taking descriptions of a suspect from witnesses, answering questions regarding issues of theft, robbery, and burglary, and others. Every situation is followed by a series of questions each requiring a correct answer from the job applicant.
Norms are based on a sample of 1413 job applicants applying for the position of police officer in various North American police forces.
The SSPO has shown good internal consistency reliability for samples of officer incumbents (total scale, .96), officer job applicants (total scale .89), and police job candidates (total scale, .82).
In a validity study of the SSPO's companion test, scores were found to correlate .65 with the quality of incident reports using incumbent officers in a work sample environment. In that study, individuals showed increasingly higher percentages of satisfactory reports as SSPO scores increased from low to high (see figure below). The SSPO can identify officers who will prepare satisfactory incident reports.
After an applicant completes the SSPO, the answer sheet is faxed to SIGMA's toll-free number. Our fax-in scoring system generates the report and the SSPO report is returned in minutes. The materials required for fax-in scoring are SSPO test manual, question booklet and answer sheet.
The SSPO Test Manual contains information on scale construction, format, administration and scoring, and empirical evaluation of the SSPO.
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