Improving Peace Officer Hiring Decisions: An Integrated Organizational Approach

By Daniel M. Blumberg, Dawn Griffin and OK Jones.

Published by Organizational Cultures: An International Journal

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The nature of police work poses numerous and frequently changing challenges to law enforcement organizations. Persistent challenges associated with the recruiting, hiring, training, and retaining of peace officers have been identified over the years. Faced with numerous challenges and the enormous importance , responsibility, and community impacts police yield, this article seeks to shift from external impetuses for change toward internal momentums that are transdisciplinary, coordinated, comprehensive and based on a coherent screening-in model. Given the significance of the implications, the authors will provide respectful yet direct solutions toward improving hiring decisions. Solutions offered reflect organization-specific initiatives to increase the percentage of “good hires” through a fundamental shift in the way in which new hires are recruited, hired, and trained.

Keywords: Police hiring, Screening-in Practices, Core Competencies

Organizational Cultures: An International Journal, Volume 13, Issue 3, October 2014, pp.1-19. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 629.021KB).

Dr. Daniel M. Blumberg

Assistant Professor, Department of Undergraduate Psychology, Alliant International University, San Diego, California, USA

Dr. Blumberg, a licensed clinical psychologist, has over 23 years of experience as a public safety psychologist and has provided all facets of clinical and consulting psychological services to numerous public and private organizations. He specializes in employment-related psychological evaluations, psycho-educational training, and management consultation. In addition to his expertise in workplace stress prevention and trauma recovery, Dr. Blumberg is a renowned authority on undercover police operations and the selection, training, and supervision of undercover operatives. His training program on successful hiring of private sector and public safety personnel has received widespread praise.

Dr. Dawn Griffin

Program Director, Department of Undergraduate Psychology, Alliant International University, San Diego, CA, USA

Detective OK Jones

Detective, Personnel, San Diego County Sheriff's Department, San Diego, CA, USA