Selecting witness protection officers

Developing a test battery for Australian police

Monica Semrad, Thea Vanags, Navjot Bhullar

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Abstract

The aim of the study was to develop a measure identifying specific skill sets of effective witness protection (WP) officers. Two representative groups produced a job analysis for WP officers from which we generated a pool of items forming a Behavioural Observation Scale (BOS). Supervisors of 50 Australian WP officers (40 men) completed the BOS. Exploratory factor analysis produced a 38-item BOS resolving into three factors, Policing skills, Partition skills and Interpersonal skills, explaining > 69% of the variance with excellent internal consistency of >.90. The BOS represents a reliable and valid tool for selecting WP officers. 
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-16
Number of pages11
JournalPolice Practice and Research
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Semrad, Monica ; Vanags, Thea ; Bhullar, Navjot. / Selecting witness protection officers : Developing a test battery for Australian police. In: Police Practice and Research. 2014 ; Vol. 15, No. 1. pp. 6-16.
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In: Police Practice and Research, Vol. 15, No. 1, 2014, p. 6-16.

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