Police Integrity: Use of Personality Measures to Identify Corruption-Prone Officers
DEFENSE PERSONNEL SECURITY RESEARCH ANDEDUCATION CENTER MONTEREY CA
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The Defense Personnel Security Research Center PERSEREC began the Police Integrity Study in 1992. The objective of the project was to determine if characteristics indicative of public trust betrayal can be assessed through personality tests already being used by law enforcement agencies. Previous studies of public trust violations have been limited because they focused upon only one agency, did not investigate personality tests, andor did not use a predictive design. In this study, personality tests i.e., the Minnesota Multiphasic Inventory, California Psychological Inventory, Inwald Personality Inventory, and 16 Personality Factor Questionnaire completed prior to the acts of trust betrayal as part of a departments normal screening battery were collected from agencies across the United States. This study was ambitious in its conception and execution. The Police Integrity Study has been endorsed by the National Institute of Justice NIJ, the Association of Major City Chiefs of Police, the Commission for Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., and the Arizona Law Enforcement Office Advisory Council. Without the support of these organizations, the high level of cooperation from each participating department, and the guidance of professionals from the concerned communities, the project would not have been possible.
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