The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 20, 1968 · Page 12
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 12

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Wednesday, November 20, 1968
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12-PaIm Beach Post, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 1968 TERMITES? CALL TOMASELLO 585-2551 FOR COMPUTE HST CONTROl StBVICE MEMBER Of THE NAltONAt Hit CONTIOl ASSOCIATION Recruits Rated More Stabl Kip 4 9 WALL t (oinnnii'v? L (C) New York Tinrn News Strvict CHICAGO - Todays police recruits in major cities tend to be better adjusted and more stable .and to display better judgment thatn those of a generation ago. two psychiatrists reported today. Psychiatric screening of police applicants, the physicians said, has shown a steady rise in the intelligence and reliability of the men. The report was made by Drs. Margaret H. Peterson and Fred D: St rider of the University of Nebraska School of Medicine to a conference on violence and aggression attended by 1.000 psychiatrists in the Conrad Hilton Hotel. The conference was sponsored by the American Psychiatric Association and the American Medical Association. Peterson, who elaborated on the formal report in an interview, said that the stereotyped opinion of policemen as being unfit for their jobs, lusting after power and being capricious in their dealings with the public was "completely untrue." In the past 12 years all applicants to the Omaha police department have been examined by two psychiatrists "not to assess the specific suitability of the candidates for police work, but in an effort to eliminate those who show evidence of psychiatric disorder." Petersen said. Only nine of the 366 police applicants who were interviewed were rejected for psy chiatric reasons, she said, adding that part of. the relatively small number might be attributed to the prior screening of applicants. By the end of last year. 290 of those men who passed the tests and accepted positions as policemen were still with the department, the psychiatrist said. Of those who did leave the force, either by choice or request, none was discharged for mental reasons. 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