We provide the following services to each of our police departments:
Entry Level Recruitment and Testing
The office provides police managers with a choice of written examinations. One is a new version of the traditional cognitive examination, now including additional questions on judgment. A second test centers on measuring basic abilities and personal characteristics shown valuable for policing.
In addition to the entry level process, the office provides promotional testing services for all ranks through assistant chief. The services include written examinations, oral board examinations, and assessment centers. The selection of a specific written instrument is made after a review of the current job description. A reading list is provided several weeks before the written examination to allow sufficient time for preparation.
Each candidate is given an opportunity to review his or her written examination results and to submit questions on any test item to the test vendor. The office has this policy not only for fairness but also so that candidates may learn from the test experience.
SCCJA also administers promotional oral board examinations and assessment centers. Police professionals are chosen from throughout the state to sit on these panels. The office works with vendors to tailor assessment services and interactive exercises to meet department needs.
Police chiefs and command personnel in South Central Connecticut are bound by the state mandate of sixty hours of in-service training every three years. As per the approval of the SCCoP, SCCJA develops management training for the chiefs and coordinates its delivery. The training is structured so that chiefs who attend all sessions will meet their state mandates while simultaneously receiving instruction on current management topics.
It is clear that modern managers need to be able to locate and analyze information that is meaningful to their decision-making. Recognizing this need, SCCJA continues to develop its research capability. The office maintains updated files on police policies and procedures as well as a compendium of local police labor agreements. Internet links have been established with the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Police Executive Research Forum, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the Department of Justice, and selected police departments throughout the country to acquire information on relevant subjects. SCCJA staff has also developed expertise in conducting surveys among police agencies in the state.
The office continues to be able to assist departments in the region with studies on management topics. Recent studies were on management information systems, records unit functions, managing property and evidence, and management of the investigative services function.