You would think that. It's because you're a moron that does not have the ability to think or reason for himself so he hangs on the perceived achievements of others.
I've owned your ass more than a few times here. And I'm currently owning RexStars'.
You might consider Googling before you stick your foot in your mouth again, dumbass.
LOL, another shining example of a tolerant, compassionate liberal. I see through these types like a bottle of Absolut vodka.
And the brass at the TFP wonders why no one outside of the North Shore snobs or the Lexus Liberals of Signal Mountain will buy their paper. They publish letters about declining advertising, raising subscription rates and ask "what has happened to our product?" Well, this cartoon pretty much answers that question.
Look at all the compassionate, tolerant liberals in this forum. Wishing and hoping that Thatcher rots in Hades.
Some of you need to jump into a dumpster fire.
As i stated earlier, I am involved with the screening and hiring process. You know nothing of it.
If a department were to attempt to override the opinion of a licensed health professional, two things happen:
That law enforcement agency loses their accredidation.
And that licensed health professional runs the risk of being disbarred from the from the health care profession.
You really think that a LE agency and doctor are going to take that kind of risk over the hiring of one or two "buddies"? Think again.
When you spend five years screening and testing applicants for police officer, then get back to me. I know of several applicants for the Chattanooga PD who failed their psychological background, including one who was the son of a very prominent businessman in the city. None of those rejects were ever hired.
END OF STORY.
Responding: Any applicant that is rejected or not cleared by the clinical psychologist CANNOT be hired by the Chattanooga Police Department, or any other law enforcement agency in the state, per TN POST regulations.
The above is not an absolute. There are ways around the psychological exam, even when a cop fails one. Sometimes, all it may take is some higher up whispering to the examiner, we really want to hire this one, and the examiner may feel pressured to oblige by changing a negative evaluation.
In most cases the examiner may only suggest an individual is unfit for duty as a police officer. The department usually does have the authority to override the examiner findings.
Dear Shen: ABSOLUTELY NOT TRUE. I refer you to TN POST Regulation 1110-020.03.
Full-time Commissioned Law Enforcement Officer Pre-employment Requirements.
(i) Have good moral character as determined by a thorough investigation conducted by the employing agency; and/or the POST Commission; and
(j) Have been certified by a Tennessee Licensed Health Care Provider qualified in the psychiatric or psychological fields as being free from any disorder, as set forth in the current edition of the DSM at the time of the examination, that would, in the
professional judgment of the examiner, impair the subject’s ability to perform any essential function of the job.
A department CANNOT override the findings of the psychologist. End of story.
Leaf, let's just say I am intimately involved in the process of recruiting, testing, and hiring of applicants for the Chattanooga Police Academy. I do know the actual psychologist involved, and his reputation throughout the state is outstanding.
That being said, one of the other officers on scene should have stepped in at some point. I don't know if I would classify it as a systemic problem. I do know, officers on the street right now are nervous, and are not going to take any armed individual for granted. There have been six police officers murdered nationwide in the last two weeks, and any armed suspect is going to be regarded as a genuine threat.
Rest assured, no matter what the outcome of this lawsuit, the two officers involved will have a very difficult time getting a job with another police department.
Well, Leaf, your sorry attempt at humor failed.
Each applicant is required to take the MMPI test. Today, it is the frequently used clinical testing instrument and is one of the most researched psychological tests in existence. The test is often used in legal cases, including criminal defense and custody disputes. The test has also been used as screening instrument for certain professions, especially high risk jobs.
If the applicant passes the MMPI, the applicant then must meet with the psychologist, one-on-one, for a personal evaluation. These individual meetings are documented by the Dr., and then compared with the MMPI test results.
The psychologist, then must attest under penalty of PERJURY, that the applicant is cleared for admittance into the academy, or cleared for reinstatement to active service.
Any police officer can be referred for additional psych testing after they are hired, at the Chief's discretion. It usually happens after a "use of force" incident, such as a shooting. I will withhold the name of the psychologist used here, but the Dr. has an impeccable track record of weeding out individuals who are not fit for law enforcement duty.
Keep in mind, you are talking about two officers out of a department of 400 + sworn officers.
For those of you commenting on better screening of police officers, let me simply say this, and it is fact:
Any applicant who is selected to attend the Chattanooga Police Academy MUST have a psychological evaluation done by a licensed clinical psychologist. The applicant MUST BE cleared by the psychologist before being hired by the Police Department.
Any applicant that is rejected or not cleared by the clinical psychologist CANNOT be hired by the Chattanooga Police Department, or any other law enforcement agency in the state, per TN POST regulations.