Research summarizes the construction of a Police Officer’s Tacit Knowledge Inventory (Inventory), a situational judgment test comprised of knowledge gained on-the-job by experienced police officers, and examines if it can play a role in the development of expertise. Correlation and regression analysis was done to establish the Inventory’s ability to predict post-Academy graduation performance. Results show that Inventory response patterns correlate with Supervisor ratings; and the Inventory responses correctly predict significant differences between novice patrol officers and experienced police officers.
This is an author's accepted manuscript of an article published in Police Practice and Research: An International Journal, (2013). Copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at DOI: 10.1080/15614263.2013.802847.
Taylor, T. Z.; Elison-Bowers, P.; Werth, E.; Bell, E.; Carbajal, J.; Lamm, K. B.; and Velazquez, Efren A.. (2013). "A Police Officer’s Tacit Knowledge Inventory (POTKI): Establishing Construct Validity and Exploring Applications". Police Practice and Research: An International Journal, 1-13.