Racial Disparity in the Police Selection Process

Taiping Ho, Ball State University

The application of a variety of behavioral and psychological testing in police recruitment practices has invoked controversies regarding racial disparity in the selection process. The common argument is that African American candidates tend to perform poorly on the psychological testing due to their socio-economic status. Such race-related adverse impact of recruitment-related testing has not yet sufficiently researched in the criminology arena. By employing police recruitment data, this study intends to examine contributing factors in determining racial disparity in the police selection process.

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Updated 05/20/2006