You are a police psychologist who works in-house at your local department providing training, counseling and evaluations. The police chief is concerned about the ability of Officer Daniels to perform as a patrol officer and has asked you to perform a fitness for duty evaluation.
Fitness for duty evaluation
Officer Daniels is a decorated patrol officer who has been working for the local police department for seven years. In the last several months several community members have filed complaints against Daniels for a variety of reasons including the use of excessive force, sleeping on the job and rude behavior. In the past two weeks, the police chief has received information that Daniels has been slow to back up other officers when called for assistance and has arrived to work late, looking disheveled. When Daniels started as a police officer you met a few times to discuss some family issues Daniels was experiencing but that was over five years ago.
A 300-500 word response discussing what information you would need in order to perform this evaluation including psychological assessments, personal records, and third party testimony. In your response, please discuss some of the validity and reliability issues you may face in performing this evaluation.
THESE ARE THE QUESTIONS THAT NEED TO BE ANSWERED…
~ What information you would need in order to perform this evaluation including psychological assessments, personal records, and third party testimony.
~ Discuss some of the validity and reliability issues you may face in performing this evaluation. When collecting data, you want to get accurate results and use data collection tools that will ensure that you collect strictly factually-based information. When thinking about validity and reliability, talk about what some of the issues may be, in terms of you, getting the most accurate ‘picture’ of what’s going on with Officer Daniels when you are evaluating him.
~ Use one of the ethical decision making models to identify and solve any potential ethical issues that you feel may come up into play while performing this evaluation. Remember—ethics refers to professionalism. In your work as a police psychologist, what are some issues that may come into play while performing the evaluation of Officer Daniels?