US News Psych evaluations may be required for all police hires in Colorado

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The board in charge of certifying law enforcement officers in Colorado will decide Monday whether to start requiring all agencies in the state to conduct psychological and physical evaluations before hiring applicants.

State law requires such evaluations to be conducted before a hiring can occur. But that standard is not actually adhered to by current practice.

Currently, the Peace Officer Standards and Training board has required an individual to receive a psychological evaluation only before their first police job in the state, but none after that.

Officials now say the evaluations should be required each time an officer changes agencies in the state. The law does not limit evaluations only to the first hire.

"You've just absolutely got to do everything you can to adequately assess their integrity and mental stability," said Grand Junction Police Chief John Camper, vice chairman of the POST board. "There's no doubt about it."

Camper said because of the power law enforcement officers have, including the ability to make arrests and even take a life, it's crucial to ensure no weak candidates are getting hired.

Read more here. (Denver Post)
 
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