To be a judicial investigator is not easy; only 8 of every 100 candidates for the Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ) passes the psychological test.
Jorge Rojas, former director of the institution, said that the rejection was because the police candidates, lack of emotional intelligence, which is the ability to manage own and others’ feelings.
The tests are performed psychologists of the Personnel Department of the Judiciary and they are the first filter to exclude applicants who are outside the parameters. For example, a violent person or too passive can not become official.
In case the candidates win the first stage, the OIJ, performs an additional physical test, a background investigation (previous work, the relationship between neighbors)an examination of weapons charges and an additional interview.
At the end of the recruitment process, said Rojas, excluding the 98% of the candidates, making sure that people entering the OIJ is right.
However, the chief expressed concern about the high level of rejection.
“We want a smart cop, but calm. There are professional graduates, but do not have emotional intelligence, “he said.
According to Rebecca Mora, a psychologist at the Office of Plans and Operations (OPO) OIJ, the tests can identify if the applicant meets the competencies of the position, including frustration tolerance, anger management, anxiety management and impulsivity and teamwork.
The OIJ maintains that recently initiated agents, have a good emotional balance. However, what happens to them during their careers as researchers when exposed to high-impact situations?
“If there is a operating at night, they have to get up early, work long hours, is always armed, this creates a psychosocial impairment,” he said.
A recent study by the Psychological Operations Support Section (Sapso) OIJ, identified some psychological changes in efficiency and performance experienced by officers.
The study was conducted on a sample of 366 people (about 33% of the population), and agents with more than two years of service.
According to the report, the ideal is that the police possess low levels of neuroticism. This means having an emotional adjustment enough to feel safe, durable and generally relaxed about stressful situations.
Among the results, most important was found that neuroticism in men rose from 15 years of service, and in women at age 10.
This means, after that time, researchers experienced feelings of guilt, anger or sadness, especially when faced death of children or coworkers.
For the psychologist, it is appropriate for agents to develop sensitivity and emotional maturity to work cases.