[IPAC-List] Seeking information about the Suffolk County Police Exam of the 1990's

Harry Brull harry at bcgconsultinggroup.com
Wed Dec 13 22:53:38 EST 2017

I am in close contact with the principal author of the project. Before I approach her, however, can you tell me the purpose behind your request?
The bottom line and alleged controversy (thank you, Linda Gottfriedson) was the non-use of cognitive testing. The rationale behind that was straightforward.
Applicants were required to have a 4-year college degree.
Cognitive test scores did not predict, or add to prediction, of OTJ job performance.
In lay terms, if you were smart enough to earn a four-year degree, you were smart enough to be a cop - and more smarts didn't translate into better job performance.


Harry Brull - Senior Partner
BCG Consulting Group
harry at bcgconsultinggroup.com


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Dennis Doverspike suggests that it was Nassau not Suffolk country in NY.

Thanks for the info, Dennis.

Joel P. Wiesen, Ph.D., Director
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On 12/13/17 2:35 PM, Joel Wiesen wrote:
> Back in the 1990's, a team of eminent I/O psychologists developed an 
> entry-level police officer exam for Suffolk County, NY. The exam 
> became controversial, in part due to the choice and weighting of the 
> components.
> I recall attending a SIOP presentation about the exam development 
> process, but I cannot find any documentation for this presentation.
> I am seeking any published (or unpublished) material describing this 
> project.
> Thanks.
> Joel

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