Psychological Testing for Public Safety

As Chief, Dr. Sampson has provided a service of professional psychological screening for new recruits. [This] is another example of his ability to provide a much needed service to law enforcement by providing quality candidates and saving resources. 

-Chief Ken Ball, Holly Springs PD

Sampson Psychological Testing Overview

As a Licensed Psychologist, Sampson Psychological Testing & Training CEO and Founder Dr. Steve Sampson is a nationally recognized counseling psychologist who works with various law enforcement agencies conducting pre-employment screening, fitness-for-duty evaluations, post-shooting and critical-incident debriefings since 1982. He currently provides pre-employment psychological evaluations to over 80 Public Safety Agencies in the state of Georgia. Dr. Sampson and his team have a proven track record of success when conducting psychological testing for law enforcement agencies.

Sampson’s psychological testing program specializes in three key organizational areas:

When considering psychological testing for your agency, important factors to consider include:

  • Validity (Content, Concurrent, Predictive)
  • State versus Trait Issues
  • Error Variance
  • Fatigue
  • Personal problems at the time of the test
  • “Faking good”
  • Mismarking answer sheets
  • How the tests were developed

If a clinical interview is involved, be sure to understand the interview objectives, such as:

  • Social Behaviors (Non-Verbal/Verbal)
  • Social History Variables
  • Vocational/Educational History Variables
  • Personal Perceptions

Sampson’s team of experts will walk you through the testing process step-by-step and ensure that you are fully informed and completely satisfied that our testing protocol meets your organization’s specific needs. All tests used by Sampson meet reliability and validity legal standards.

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For more information about Sampson’s psychological testing program, please email info@sampsonpsychtesting.com.