Police officers have a stressful job that requires quick decisions making with good judgment. Duties of a police officer involve writing reports and maintaining order in criminal situations, it’s all judged with critical thinking. Due to all the different duties that are required from a police officer they are required to have certain traits such as a good physical agility, ability to cope with difficult situations, well writing skills, as communication skills, and have the ability to have exert and respect commands of authority. Each department will recruit officers in a different way, but they will have some standards for recruitment techniques. These requirement will vary from minimum requirements, education, technology, legal knowledge, residency, and diversity. (Ch.14 Pg.349) Every police department sets minimal hiring standers for its candidates such as been at least 21 years of age, have a driver’s license or be eligible for one, and have no prior felony convictions. The first initial test is to pass a written exam, medical exam, interview, physical agility test, and a psychological screening. The requirement to be eligible to receive or have a driver’s license is due to the primary duty of an officer is patrol, and have the ability to drive to a response to an incident. Another requirement is to have the ability to possess a firearm and to be able to qualify to own a firearm the person must be twenty-one years of age. A prior convicted felon is prohibited to possess a firearm, for this reason they are prohibited from becoming a police officers. An individual with domestic violence and convictions are not able to possess a firearm for this reason again they are prohibited form become police officers. (Ch.14 Pg. 350)... ... middle of paper ... ... are very important. (Ch.14 Pg. 355-356) Psychological and polygraph test is conducted for the purpose to screen the intelligence and to identify the persons characteristics, look for any mental disorders that can be a potential problematic in the future. It’s important to screen the person because police officers deal with stressful situations on a daily routing. Physical Agility is the other measure that has to be taken to test the level of the police candidate. The test consisted of pushups, pull-ups, and sit-ups, speed and coordination, and strength. Modifications are done for women but it does not lower the physical fitness, females have less upper body strength then men do but training is done and shows women on how to strengthen them self’s. (Ch.14 Pg.356-359) Resources: Chapter 14. New Standards for Police Recruitment. (Pages. 349-359) Text. 4/27/14.
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