Mr. C is a 34 year old male. He is married with one previous divorce. Mr. C served sometime in the military and has no previous history of employment termination. Mr. C was described as an introvert by external resources. Mr. C reported a history of family dysfunction and results of the assessment determined a history of aggressive behavior.
To recommend certification: I have examined [Mr. C], and it is my professional opinion that this person is psychologically capable of exercising appropriate judgment and restraint to be certified as a police officer.
According to the test results for Mr. C, there was no evidence of under-reporting. This indicates the candidates ability to be honest. It is suggested that since the candidate is aware of his possible problem with aggression that he will be more corporative with future treatment for this issue. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, “The Court rejected the “we aren’t using it for that” argument and explained that because the test can reveal mental illness then it should be legally classified as a medical exam.” (Baez, 2013). Therefore, I believe that it would be discriminatory to deny Mr. C the opportunity for employment based on his results of the MMPI-2-RF. The results of this assessment seem to be more like a medical screening than an employment screening.
According to the results of the MMPI-2-RF, Mr. C was “more likely” in comparison to other police candidates in some of the following sections: integrity, social competence and team work, assertiveness, and routine task performance. I recommend that Mr. C be administered an additional assessment such as the Inwald Personality Inventory-2 (IPI-2). This assessment is commonly used to assess the suitability for employment as a police officer. The IPI-2 is a 202-item, true/false, self-report psychological assessment tool and it measures unfavorable characteristics and patterns of behavior that have been determined to be undesirable for professionals in high-risk occupations. This assessment would be beneficial to further examine the candidate’s suitability for the position as a police officer.
Ms. D is a 25 year old single female. Her background determined that she has a history of family dysfunction and previous incidents with alcohol. Ms. D has a high school education. According to the results of the MMPI-2-RF, she under reported on multiple occasions. This may be unintentional or it could be an indication of dishonesty and lack of virtue. Further testing would be recommended in order to compare results in order to determine the reason for possible under reporting.
To communicate reservations: I have examined [Ms. D], and it is my professional opinion that this person is psychologically at risk for exercising appropriate judgment and restraint to be certified as a police officer.
According to the results of the MMPI-2-RF, Ms. D’s lack of life experience and age, can put her at risk for the possibility of making poor on the job decisions as a police officer. Ms. D was also dishonest about her previous incidents with alcohol which could pose a problem for employment. It is possible that Ms. D under reported unintentionally but further assessment should be conducted to assess her suitability for employment. The results of the test indicate no history of cognitive, emotional, or behavioral dysfunction. Although, Ms. D’s inability to identify and report possible character flaws may impair her effectiveness as a police officer. It is also a possibility that the candidate is trying to hide certain character flaws and mask underlying issues, such as depression.
I would recommend Ms. D be administered the Inwald Personality Inventory, a common assessment used to screen possible police officer candidates. This assessment could be used as a comparison to the MMPI-2-RF in order to determine the consistency of Ms. D’s answers. I would also recommend the Automatic Thoughts Questionnaire (ATQ), frequency measure of depression-related cognitions that assesses personal maladjustment, negative self-concept and expectations, low self-esteem, and giving up/helplessness (Gregory, 2014). The ATQ would be helpful in determining and underlying issues that may have caused Ms. D to under report on the MMPI-2-RF. This assessment will also suggest that Ms. D may have a negative self-image that could also be the causation for under reporting.
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