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Predictive ability of the Matrix-Predictive Uniform Law Enforcement Selection Evaluation (M-PULSE(TM)) inventory to detect fitness-for-duty evaluation decisions

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dc.contributor.author Githua, Oscar W
dc.date.accessioned 2015-09-23T09:45:30Z
dc.date.available 2015-09-23T09:45:30Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.citation Githua, Oscar Wanyutu. Predictive ability of the Matrix-Predictive Uniform Law Enforcement Selection Evaluation (M-PULSE (TM)) inventory to detect fitness-for-duty evaluation decisions. ALLIANT INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY, LOS ANGELES, 2010. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://erepo.usiu.ac.ke/11732/847
dc.description.abstract Law Enforcement work in America is one that carries enormous responsibility to the individual law enforcement officers, their departments, and the municipalities that they serve. This is especially the case when one considers the balance with which the officers have to discharge their duties; to ensure that the society is safe, to apprehend offenders, and to ensure that all of these tasks are conducted in a professional manner that does not expose the departments and municipalities to litigation. Despite the efforts by law enforcement departments across the country in recruiting, training, evaluating and keeping high quality law enforcement officers, there have been numerous reports of law suits against law enforcement departments, as a result of actions or inaction of their officers. Law enforcement executives have employed the use of psychological testing to assist in selecting the best candidates for police work. The use of psychological testing with law enforcement candidate selection is well documented. The purpose of this study was to investigate the utility of the Matrix-Predictive Uniform Law Enforcement Selection Evaluation (M-PULSE) in Fitness for Duty Evaluations within the scope of law enforcement agencies. The sample consisted of law enforcement officers referred for fitness-for-duty evaluations. The study aimed to investigate how well the M-PULSE could predict Fitness for Duty Evaluation decisions that were already arrived at based on the results of already administered tests (MMPI-2, PAI,), clinical interviews, intelligence testing, and collateral information. Although the officers in the sample took the M-PULSE as part of the evaluation, the results of the test were not incorporated in arriving at the final decision. This researcher performed discriminant function analyses using decision Outcomes (fit, unfit) and the M-PULSE Inventory variables, entered independent. Analyses using Empirical Scales, Liability Scales, Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) Scales, combined Empirical and Liability Scales, combined Empirical and POST Scales, combined Liability and POST Scales, and finally, combined Empirical, Liability and POST Scales were done, in order to determine if they could correctly classify Fitness-for-Duty Evaluation Decisions into fit or unfit categories. Findings indicate that the combined M-PULSE Inventory Empirical, Liability and POST scales yielded significant predictive power, by being able to correctly classify 90.0% of the cases referred for fitness for duty evaluations. The study also examines the limitations presented by the study, and suggests future directions of research in this area. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Predictive ability of the Matrix-Predictive Uniform Law Enforcement Selection Evaluation (M-PULSE(TM)) inventory to detect fitness-for-duty evaluation decisions en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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