Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Colorado About To Require All Police Officers To Undergo Psychological Evaluations


Colorado ruled Monday that police officers in the state be required to undergo full psychological evaluations. The checks would occur before an officer is hired, and every time an officer changes jobs or jurisdictions in the state thereafter, theDenver Post reported.
According to the Post, state law already requires psychological evaluations but such checks are rarely carried out in practice. The new rules were affirmed during a meeting of the Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training Board.
The loose protocols have largely benefited problem officers who can shuffle between departments when they have committed violations. In many cases, they end up in more impoverished rural areas which typically have difficulty finding qualified candidates.
“What the public is concerned about is that police departments don’t pass off someone that is a problem in one department to another department,”