Selection Process


The selection process consists of a Pre-employment questionnaire, PIQ and PHS, two (2) written exams, a physical agility exam, a background investigation, an oral interview, a polygraph examination, a psychological examination, and a medical examination


Upon satisfactory completion of these requirements, all qualified applicants will be submitted to the Sheriff for final selection.


Complte Pre-Employment Questionnaire, PIQ and PHS


The Pre-Employment Questionnaire, The Personal Integrity Questionnaire (PIQ) and the Personal History Statement (PHS) must be completed online (coming soon).

These forms must be approved by a BCSD Recruiter in order to continue in the testing process.


Nelson-Denny


The Nelson-Denny reading test is a reading test which is used to determine the applicant's vocabulary, comprehension, and reading rate. It consists of two timed segments, the first being 15 minutes and 80 questions. The second part is broken into two segments: the first segment is a one minute reading rate test and the second segment is a 19 minute 36 question comprehension exam.


Law Enforcement Selection Inventory (LESI)


The Law Enforcement Selection Inventory (LESI) is an eighty-item measure of cognitive ability designed specifically to select law enforcement personnel. LESI items test math, reading, logic, grammar, and vocabulary skills needed to pass the academy and perform such duties as writing reports, testifying in court, and investigating accidents and crime scenes. Ninety minutes will be allowed for this test and a score of forty-eight correct is needed to pass. The use of calculators will not be allowed. The test is broken down into four sections: math, vocabulary, grammar, and logic. Should you fail either written exam, you must wait until the next testing process before you will be allowed to re-test.


Law Enforcement Selection Inventory

Here are a few Sample questions


The Law Enforcement Selection Inventory (LESI) is an eighty-item measure of cognitive ability designed specifically to select law enforcement personnel. LESI items tap math, reading, logic, grammar, and vocabulary skills needed to pass the academy and perform such duties as writing reports, testifying in court, and investigating accidents and crime scenes. Ninety minutes will be allowed for this test, and a score of forty-eight correct is needed to pass. The use of calculators will not be allowed. The test is broken down into four sections; math, vocabulary, grammar, and logic


Section I Math

Section I contains twenty word problems.  Applicants will need to be able to accurately add, subtract, multiply, and divide. Additionally, the applicants will need to answer questions accurately concerning time and distance.


Section II Vocabulary

Section II contains twenty questions concerning vocabulary.  The applicant will read a sentence, the word in question will be in bold, and the applicant will select among three choices which word is most similar in meaning to the word in bold. The following is an example of what an applicant can expect see in this section.


• The deputy took an apathetic attitude towards the victim.

(a) lack of emotion     (b)  belligerent     (c)  cautious


The correct answer would be (a) lack of emotion.


Section Ill Grammar


Section Ill contains twenty sentences and these sentences are divided into four parts.  In these sentences there may be misspellings, grammatical errors, or punctuation errors. There also is the possibly that the sentence is correct.  The following is an example of what an applicant can expect in this section.


• My Sergeant /  and me /  agreed to meet / at a later date.

(a)            (b)                  (c)                   (d)              (e) Correct


The correct answer would be (b).  My Sergeant and I agreed to meet at a later date.


Section IV Logic


Section IV contains twenty questions.  The applicant will be given statements following a short passage of information. The applicant must decide if the statement is true or false based on the information given in the passage.  If the passage did not provide enough information to determine if the statement is either true or false, the applicant must indicate so.


• Passage:  Southeast Albuquerque has the highest auto theft rate in the city.


Statement:   If you park your car in southeast Albuquerque it will almost always be stolen.

Answer:   False



Physical Fitness Test



Background Investigation


Your background investigation will be conducted by a member of this agency. A thorough investigation is a long process and you must understand that your file may not be the only background the investigator has. Your background may take up to 4-6 weeks to complete, please be patient.


Oral Board Interview


The oral board interview is a professional interview with you and three members of the department, a deputy, a sergeant, and a lieutenant. Dress appropriately and think before you speak.


Polygraph


A pre-employment polygraph screening examination will be conducted by a licensed polygrapher in accordance with New Mexico state law, in order to verify information placed on the applicants PIQ/PHS. This test measures simultaneous electro dermal, cardiovascular and respiratory responses utilizing formats approved by the American Polygraph Association.


Psychological Evaluation


The psychological evaluation is a two segment examination lasting approximately 4 hours. The examination consists of a lengthy multiple choice written exam and a one on one interview with the department psychologist.


Sheriff Review


Medical Examination


The medical examination will be conducted by a department appointed physician. A complete physical including but not limited to vision, hearing, heart, blood work will be conducted.


Upon Acceptance


Cadets will continue to the Academy and Laterals will work with a Field Training Officer.


 

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