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A Handbook for Psychological Fitness-for-Duty Evaluations in Law Enforcement - Robert D. Davis

A Handbook for Psychological Fitness-for-Duty Evaluations in Law Enforcement

Paperback Published: 14th July 2004
ISBN: 9780789023971
Number Of Pages: 338

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Explore the full scope of fitness-for-duty problems
While some books about police psychology contain a chapter on the fitness-for-duty question, this is the first comprehensive publication focused exclusively on psychological fitness-for-duty evaluations (FFDEs) for law enforcement personnel. This handbook is ideal for professionals and for coursework designed to prepare individuals for careers as police or municipal officials, psychologists, students, behavioral science specialists, human rights advocates, and attorneys. A helpful glossary makes the book even more useful for students and those who do not have extensive academic or formal training in psychology or public administration.
A Handbook for Psychological Fitness-for-Duty Evaluations in Law Enforcement describes in detail the mechanics of setting up a fitness-for-duty methodology and examines the effectiveness of FFDEs in law enforcement. You'll find clear instructions for developing a FFDE system from the law enforcement executive's viewpoint (valuable for attorneys, police psychologists, and civil service board members as well), and an extensive bibliography with particular emphasis on laws and cases that provide guidance to psychological and law enforcement professionals. Several appendices provide examples of documentation that can be used in the evaluation process.
A Handbook for Psychological Fitness-for-Duty Evaluations in Law Enforcement brings you reliable information on: legal precedents, with a review of legal cases (in language appropriate for law enforcement executives and psychologists) the interaction between police culture, psychological assessment, and therapy federal laws that impact FFDEs, including the HIPAA, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act and the Fair Credit Reporting Act case law and FFDEs, with emphasis on civil rights laws, labor issues, professional ethical dilemmas, and the psychologist as a potential expert witness the proper uses--and the misuses--of the FFDE approach police departmental civil liability and the role that the FFDE plays in addressing legal risks In addition, this book contains a succinct review of psychological testing (psychometrics), and the technicalities of employing a professional psychologist to determine the fitness of commissioned officers. A Handbook for Psychological Fitness-for-Duty Evaluations in Law Enforcement proposes a model law that could be used to improve the utility and effectiveness of FFDEs, and presents a forward-looking discussion of FFDE issues that may become controversial in the near future.

Law enforcement agencies and police psychologyp. 3
Police culture and assessment/therapy issuesp. 21
Law enforcement liability and police psychologyp. 43
Usefulness of fitness-for-duty evaluations in law enforcement agenciesp. 57
Defining the fitness-for-duty evaluationp. 65
Developing a fitness-for-duty evaluation systemp. 73
Forms and styles for the fitness-for-duty evaluation in law enforcementp. 81
Assessment : methods and proceduresp. 99
Fitness-for-duty report recommendationsp. 117
Expert witnesses and the defense of selection/fitness decisionsp. 131
Reasons for fitness-for-duty evaluationsp. 141
Misuse of fitness-for-duty evaluationsp. 151
Confidentiality of psychological information and the HIPAA in police psychologyp. 161
The Americans with Disabilities Act and fitness-for-duty evaluationsp. 179
The Family Medical Leave Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and fitness-for-duty evaluationsp. 201
Reflections and the future of law enforcement fitness-for-duty evaluationsp. 217
Fitness-for-duty evaluation guidelinesp. 237
Fitness-for-duty evaluation regulation modelp. 243
Fitness-for-duty evaluation letter of guidancep. 253
Fitness-for-duty letter for officer to report for examination : mandatory and optional programsp. 257
Sample fitness-for-duty evaluation reportp. 261
Statement of understandingp. 267
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ISBN: 9780789023971
ISBN-10: 0789023970
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 338
Published: 14th July 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1