Pre-Hire public safety officer screening
Anthony M. Tarescavage, PhD
Pre-hire public safety officer screening is commonly completed after potential employees receive a conditional officer of employment. The purpose of these evaluations is to screen out individuals whose psychological characteristics pose a risk to public safety. Dr. Tarescavage is a widely-published expert on pre-employment evaluations of police officers. His evaluations comply with the highly-regarded California POST criteria and IACP screening guidelines.
The in-person component of the evaluation lasts approximately 3 hours and begins with an overview of the purpose of the evaluation as well as a review of the limitations on confidentiality. After introductions, the evaluee typically completes 1.75 hours of psychological testing. This testing generally includes a mental health assessment and personality assessment. Use of both a normal personality test (IPI-2) and abnormal personality test is consistent with the widely-modeled California POST guidelines for the psychological screening of public safety officers. Candidates are also given a very detailed background questionnaire and cognitive testing. This testing and the detailed history questionnaire provides a comprehensive and objective foundation for a well-informed and impartial screening interview.
After testing and record review is completed and reviewed, Dr. Tarescavage conducts the clinical interview. The interview involves focused assessment of psychological characteristics that might interfere with the safe completion of the essential duties of a public safety officer. After the in-person evaluation is completed, Dr. Tarescavage will complete a record review and collateral contact process (if applicable) and write a 1 to 2 page letter detailing his findings and opinions. The referral source will receive the report within three business days of the evaluation (assuming additional records do not need to be requested).
These evaluations are civil forensic assessments, which include police officer psychological screening, civil competency assessment, fitness for duty, guardianship evaluations, and threat assessments.