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Title: Selecting witness protection officers: developing a test battery for Australian police
Contributor(s): Semrad, Monica (author); Vangas, Thea (author); Bhullar, Navjot  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2014
DOI: 10.1080/15614263.2012.710459
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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.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Police Practice and Research, 15(1), p. 6-16
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1477-271X
Field of Research (FOR): 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment
170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 810109 Personnel
910599 Measurement Standards and Calibration Services not elsewhere classified
920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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