Corey and Zelig, both experienced and highly regarded police and forensic psychologists, have written a comprehensive overview of the two most common psychological evaluations conducted by ...
Corey and Zelig, both experienced and highly regarded police and forensic psychologists, have written a comprehensive overview of the two most common psychological evaluations conducted by police psychologists: evaluations of the psychological suitability of police candidates and the psychological fitness of incumbent police officers. Filling a gap in the practice literature, this is the first text to explain the legal, procedural, ethical, and clinical foundations for these evaluations untethered to any single assessment instrument. The three foundational chapters provide readers with a review of the most prominent federal laws and regulations, professional practice guidelines, and ethical standards pertinent to these evaluations. The four applied chapters provide detailed procedural guidance, including advice for obtaining informed consent, providing disclosure to the involved parties, conducting clinical and collateral interviews, selecting written assessment instruments, integrating the assessment findings to reach determinations of suitability and fitness, and preparing written reports and testimony that anticipate their various audiences and uses. Throughout the text, Corey and Zelig distinguish between enforceable, standards-based requirements and aspirational best practices. Steeped in case law, personal anecdotes, and advice on best practices, and certain to become a valued primer in the field, Corey and Zelig’s Evaluations of Police Suitability and Fitness for Duty
is written with a clarity and depth that will appeal to experienced and novice psychologists alike, as well as to police and human resource administrators whose work involves the review or oversight of these evaluations.Less