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Personnel Testing in the Public Safety Industry: A Practitioner's Guide for Developing Balanced and Defensible Assessments

Author: Dan A. Biddle, Ph.D.
and Stacy L. Bell-Pilchard, M.S.

ISBN10: 0-7414-9686-0
ISBN13: 978-0-7414-9686-7


  • Basic points of civil rights: Title VII of the 1991 Civil Rights Act, adverse impact, and significance
  • Validation and benefits of developing a valid and effective hiring program
  • Process and benefits of creating written tests using content and criterion-related validity
  • Importance of using structured interviews and how to develop, validate, and analyze them
  • Steps for developing and validating physical ability tests (PATs), setting cutoff scores, and the importance of testing both candidates and incumbents
  • Key competencies that should be measured in firefighter and police officer recruitments
  • Useful checklists for evaluating the validity of pre-employment and promotional selection assessments
  • Overview of a recent case of public safety testing bringing to light the fine lines between testing, diversity, adverse impact, and equal protection

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