A Tale of Four Cities: Evaluating the Impact of Assessment Centers on Police Promotion Processes by Rank, Sex, and Race
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In an effort to meet the dual interests of developing a diverse cadre of quality police leaders while reducing mean subgroup differences in results, the use of the assessment center has emerged as a capable instrument and has grown in popularity over the last few decades. However, a gap in empirical research has been revealed. So, the current research focuses on how ACs impact outcomes of promotion process participants belonging to federally-protected classifications (race and sex) in four major Texas police departments, and how those outcomes change in the absence of the AC.