[IPAC-List] Psychological exams for security classes

Jim Kuthy jkuthy at biddle.com
Thu Feb 28 11:14:55 EST 2013

If you are using "psychological testing" in an attempt to determine mental illness or diagnosable personality disorders, such as the MMPI, those can only be given after a conditional offer of employment has been extended (since they are considered medical tests under the Americans with Disabilities Act).

Giving such test to all applicants will create severe liability for your organization (and will likely result in a heavy penalty).

I strongly recommend that you talk to the folks at The International Association of Chiefs of Police, which has some great resources to help agencies that are considering psychological testing.


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From: Stewart, Ann (OMB) [mailto:Ann.Stewart at state.de.us]
Sent: Thursday, February 28, 2013 7:41 AM
To: 'ipac-list at ipacweb.org'
Subject: [IPAC-List] Psychological exams for security classes

Good Day,

The State of Delaware is gathering information about the use of psychological testing for security classes such as the State Police, Natural Resources Enforcement Officers and Probation and Parole Officers that carry guns. If you do something similar, would you be willing to share information? We are looking for data such as the classes the psychological are use for, if the testing is in-house or contracted, what psychological tests are given, the cost per applicant and if the testing is given to all applicants or after a conditional offer of hire is made.

Thank you,

Ann Stewart
Human Resource Specialist
State of Delaware
ann.stewart at staste.de.us

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