Psychological Tests Now Part of Police Interviews in South Carolina

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Becoming a law enforcement officer in South Carolina will require psychological testing under a new requirement aimed at weeding out people not suitable for the job.

The board that oversees the state’s Criminal Justice Academy voted unanimously last week to mandate the screening for all aspiring officers. Starting Jan. 1, all law enforcement agencies’ potential new hires must bring proof of the testing to enroll for training.

“In the environment we’re policing in today, with the scrutiny of law enforcement, obviously this is more important than ever,” said State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel, chairman of the Law Enforcement Training Council.  

Psychological screening is already a standard part of the hiring process for the 59 agencies in South Carolina that are either state or nationally accredited, said the academy’s director, Jackie Swindler. But there are nearly 300 law enforcement agencies statewide.

Lawmakers provided $550,400 for the tests in the budget that took effect July 1, as the council requested.

That will be used to reimburse agencies, up to $300 per screening, Swindler said.

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7 thoughts on “Psychological Tests Now Part of Police Interviews in South Carolina

  1. …and perhaps blood tests to make sure they’re full of steroids!…OH! And a penis test (to make sure they’re small enough to give the officers inadequacy issues).

  2. A little story on this subject:
    one of my Collage roommates had applied to our local police academy when he got out of the marines but he failed the entrance exam and when he why they told him to his face – “You are too Nice & too Smart” to be an ‘Enforcer’!! ” ( fyi he is now a lead network admin for a major EU insurance company ) So this proves that they ONLY want to hire Dumb Assholes 😉

  3. “Psychological screening is already a standard part of the hiring process for the 59 agencies in South Carolina that are either state or nationally accredited,…”

    It’s worked in their favor so far.

    Hence the expansion.

    I have a friend who quit the LAPD because they were too brutal. He actually is a very nice guy, I was surprised they hired him in the first place… even if it was only part-time.

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