When’s the last time you took a close look at your department’s promotional process? The roles and responsibilities of police officers have changed over the past decade. Likely, the challenges facing your department and your jurisdiction have similarly evolved. Has your promotional process kept pace with these changes?
Maybe now is the time to reevaluate how your agency identifies, evaluates, and promotes future leaders. Maybe now is the time to consider an assessment center.
Assessment centers are one of the most powerful tools managers can use to evaluate candidates for promotion. In an assessment center, candidates participate in a series of job-simulation exercises. Their performance and behavior are observed and evaluated by trained assessors. Because they are designed to simulate actual real-world challenges, assessment centers offer more information and insight into a candidates performance potential than written tests, interviews, or any other common promotional process.
Departments looking to move to an assessment-based promotional method should consider attending the IACP’s upcoming Workshop on Assessment Centers and Promotional Testing, to be held May 9 – 10 in Alexandria, Virginia.
Hosted by the IACP’s Center for Testing Services and Career Development and lead by a team of police human resources subject matter experts, this two-day workshop will instruct participants on how to design and administer their own assessment centers, including guidance on:
- Conducting a job analysis
- Exercise and question development
- Creating rating forms
- Assessor training
- Legal issues and considerations
Anyone responsible for selecting, promoting, or training police professionals will benefit from this hands-on workshop, whether they are novices, experts, or somewhere in between.
Register online today at http://www.theiacp.org/ACWorkshop. Cost: $500 + lodging.
For more information, please contact ACWorkshop@theiacp.org or (800) 836-6767 ext. 319.