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The theoretical and methodological problems in the usage of police personality measurement to predict job performance

Akca, Davut

The recruitment and assignment procedure of police officers involve the measurement of personality through designated inventories. Despite more than a century of experience and developments, the research and practice on police personality measurement still suffer from three major problems – lack of sound theoretical framework, lack of congruency between the definition of personality traits and police tasks, and poor measurement tools. In this paper, based on the historical development of police personality measurement practices, these three problems and possible solutions are discussed through classical and modern theories in personality psychology. Policy recommendations and directions for future research are presented to remedy these problems.

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