Negative Psychological Indicators the NYPD Looks for in Candidates

A great deal of peace officer psychological research focuses on identifying indicators of dysfunctional peace officer behaviors. Many counterproductive work behaviors (CWBs) have been targeted in studies, including but not limited to excessive force, sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, substance abuse, insubordination or other supervisory problems, embezzlement, deceitfulness, multiple motor vehicle violations, inappropriate verbal conduct, blackmail, bribery, theft, lying, kickbacks, personal violence, revenge, discrimination, and fraud.

Research has shown that counterproductive work behaviors are intercorrelated, indicating that those who engage in one of these types of behaviors tend to engage in other acts of counterproductivity.

Furthermore, when compared to non-problem officers, problem officers tend to exhibit more of the following characteristics:

– Aggressiveness, argumentativeness, and antagonism
– Antisocial tendencies
– Disregard for societal rules and laws
– Egocentricity
– Emotional instability/anxiety
– Hostility
– Immaturity
– Impulsiveness
– Insensitivity or oversensitivity
– Intolerance
– Irresponsibility/unreliability
– Lack of empathy
– Overconfidence
– Paranoia
– Pessimism
– Poor decision-making
– Proneness to alcohol abuse
– Rebelliousness
– Social introversion
– Suspiciousness, cynicism and distrustfulness

For an in-depth look at Negative Psychological Indicators please click the link below:
Peace Officer Psychological Screening Manual

If you failed your NYPD Psychological Evaluation or have been disqualified for any reason and would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact Kevin Sheerin at 516 248 0040.




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