Coaching for Police Promotional Testing Processes

Police Promotional CoachingOur Law Enforcement Assessment Center Exercise Preparation and Coaching Packages provide you with general information about participating in written assessment center exercises.

Regardless of whether your police or sheriff promotional testing process involves three (3) or less exercises, our packages will prepare you to compete to the best of your ability. Based on having practiced with one or more exercises you will be more prepared than most, if not all your law enforcement colleagues.

Our coaching packages for Police and Sheriff promotional processes provide session-fee savings and additional benefits. You can learn in a variety of ways by:
  1. Asking questions and receiving specific answers to your questions. You will find out how much you know and what else you need to learn.
  2. Reviewing and completing one or more assessment center exercises.
  3. Reviewing, completing and receiving written and verbal feedback on your performance in the exercises.
  4. Practicing and receiving verbal and written feedback on the skills youalready possess.

Regardless of which package you select or exercise(s) you complete, you will know what your strengths and weaknesses are across a variety of competencies (skills). Additionally, by having completed one (1) or more fully scored exercises, and then receiving both written and verbal feedback, you will improve on your strengths (e.g., judgment and decision making) and reduce your weaknesses (e.g., written communication).

You will also learn about:

Time Management:

How to manage your time when reading and preparing your written or video responses for any type of exercise.

Understanding Skill Dimensions:

Reviewing and understanding what skill dimensions are (organizing and planning, judgment and decision making etc.), and how and why they are measured in the various exercises.

How Skill Dimensions are Rated:

Learn how assessment center skill dimensions and consensus ratings should be determined by the Assessors.

How To Articulate The Main Points:

How to clearly articulate and cover the main points for each written exercise.

Organizing and Planning:

How to review, organize and interrelate different documents or issues in an exercise.

In-Basket Exercises:

How to approach and handle an In-Basket exercise across all skill dimensions measured in the exercise.

Leaderless Group Exercises:

How to approach and handle a Leaderless Group Exercise.

Situational Judgment Tests:

How to respond to a written Situational Judgment test.

Role Play Exercises:

How to handle a role-play exercise, for example:

  • Coaching & Counseling
  • Training Presentation
  • Witness Interview
  • Suspect Interrogation
  • and Others…….. (ask for info)

Again, we GUARANTEE each coaching service and package we provide. If, after the first fifteen (15) minutes, you are not satisfied with the coaching you have received on the exercise(s) on which you have completed and received coaching, we will refund your money in full within one (1) week.

Wouldn’t you like to be coached by people who:

  1. Have been involved with Assessment Center methodology since the 1970s?
  2. Have developed well over 200 exercises for police, fire and executive level positions?
  3. Have received well over two-hundred and eighty (280) hours of formal training on Assessment Center Methodology?
  4. Have designed and conducted Assessor Training for several hundred participants?
  5. Have delivered more than seventy (70) papers and presentations on Assessment Center Methodology?
  6. Are published authors? For example, Dr. Maher has published more than thirty-four (34) articles on assessment centers and related topics and is the author of three widely used training manuals on assessment centers.
  7. Are experts on all aspects of promotional and general personnel testing?
  8. Ensure fairness to all candidates?
  9. Have extensive knowledge about all the legal nuances of personnel testing and assessment?
  10. Know how an assessment process should be designed, delivered and administered to ensure fairness to all candidates?
  11. Know all of the legal nuances of personnel testing and assessment?
  12. Know more than any of the other nationally known coaches in the country about Assessment Centers because of their 50 + years of experience designing, administering, and scoring promotional assessment centers.
  13. Are now providing coaching from a Consultant’s perspective.
  14. Have held management level positions with their respective organizations and were promoted based on their successful completion of tests.

Police Department Testimonials

Madison Wisconsin Police Department, Madison, WI

On behalf of the City of Madison Police Department, I want to thank you for all your work Creating the assessment centers for our 2008 and 2009 Detective and Sergeant promotional processes. Each year, through the use of your assessment centers, we were able to identify qualified candidates to designate for promotion. As you know, the use of the assessment center was new to my agency, but has quickly been accepted and supported as the best method to use for identifying employees that have the knowledge skills and abilities to become successful in their new ranks. It has been a pleasure to work with you.

Sue Williams
Captain of Police
Personnel and Training Team
Madison Police Department

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City of Miramar Police Department, Miramar, FL

This is a letter of reference for Dr. Linsey C. Willis of L.J. Craig & Associates, Inc.

The Miramar Police Department recently conducted the Sergeants assessment center process. The feedback I received from the officers and the assessors was favorable. They viewed all the exercises as relevant to the position of Sergeant for our police department.

I found Dr. Willis to be a very high energy dedicated professional who is very knowledgeable about the Assessment Center process and philosophy. I was personally committed to provide a fair promotional process for the Miramar Police Department knowing there would be a major commitment of time by all members of my staff. I was very pleased with the outcome and believe the candidates that I promote will be successful in their new positions.

Former Deputy Chief of Police

City of Fort Pierce Police Department, Fort Pierce, FL

In my capacity as Chief of Police for the Fort Pierce Police Department, I recently had the opportunity to work with Dr. Linsey C. Willis, D.P.A., SPHR, of L.J. Craig & Associates, Inc. We were undergoing a promotion process from sergeant to lieutenant and utilized her professional services in implementing the assessment center for those applicants.

During this process, I found Dr. Willis to be professional and proficient in every aspect of her discipline. Her skills also included excellent leadership and communication skills, organization and ultimate selection analysis of those tested. The method she utilized was most helpful in determining our selection for candidates to be promoted, and we were very pleased with her professional services.

Eugene G. Savage, Ph.D. (ret)
Chief of Police

City of Lake Worth Police Department, Lake Worth, FL

Thank you one again, for your professional services in assisting the Lake Worth Police Department in these highly important assessments. We look forward to a continued professional working relationship with you and L.J. Craig & Associates, Inc.

William E. Smith former Chief of Police


Police Promotion Candidate Testimonials

In preparing to compete in the Chief of Police testing process, I knew I needed some reinforcement of the skills I had developed throughout my career. L.J. Craig and Associates provided me the edge and the confidence to stay competitive and ultimately resulted in the job offer.

The assessment center portion of the hiring process was foreign to me and L.J. Craig supplied the coaching and tools to acclimate me in a short period of time. We developed an aggressive schedule that included written exercises, presentations, followed by one-on-one coaching sessions to review my performance and identify the areas I needed to focus on. Without this personalized attention I wouldn’t have been successful in my quest for the Chief’s position.

L.J. Craig and Associates provide a professional service for those who are seeking to take their performance to the next level. You only have one chance to be great, make them a part of your team for success.

– Recently Appointed Chief of Police – Commonwealth of Massachusetts

After, taking and passing the lieutenant’s exam (2013 to 2014) for the first time; I received help from coworkers, read and research information about the process of and Assessment Center. Six weeks later, I was at the Assessment Center getting ready to compete against my peers, not having a clue on what to do. I received my results from the process, I did not get promoted that year (2013-2014). I took the test again (2014-2015), and passed. This time, I went online researching how to compete at an Lieutenant Assessment Center. I came across Dr. Linsey Willis, West Palm Beach, Florida. After meeting with her, she showed me my strengths and weaknesses and show me how to better apply them. She showed me how to sell myself and improve on my presentation so that I would be the best candidate possible. November 28, 2014, I got promoted to Lieutenant.

Thank you Mrs. Willis.
My total score was a 183.3 which was the highest overall score. Second overall was a 173.2. Yesterday I was offered the position. Thanks again for your help.


“Promotional exams are highly competitive and one point can make the difference on who gets promoted. L.J. CRAIG & Associates gave me a unique perspective on how to properly answer written questions that I was unable to find in a book. Their knowledge and experience with police promotional exams was evident during my preparation. The knowledge I gained was a major factor in receiving the highest written and overall score which led to my promotion.”

CT – Police Captain

I wanted to thank you and Bob for your assistance with my recent promotional exam. I scored a 90.83 on the written portion which was the highest score. I received the highest oral score so I am ranked number one.


I just wanted to thank you for coaching me for my assessment center. I scored third in my assessment center and fourth overall on the captain’s eligibility list. With five expected retirements in the coming months, my prospects are very good. I would not have been successful without your help.

Thank you,

Candidate for Captain rank (OH)

Dr. Willis,

I just wanted to thank you for coaching me for my assessment center.  I scored third in my assessment center and fourth overall on the captain’s eligibility list.  With five expected retirements in the coming months, my prospects are very good.  I would not have been successful without your help.

—Candidate for Lt rank (OH)

I just wanted to say that I was a Lieutenant Candidate for the Farmers Branch, Texas Police Department and enlisted the services of Dr. Willis. I was new to the assessment center process and Dr. Willis walked me through the process and coached me through the scenario and oral presentation portions of the assessment center. Dr. Willis was very professional and she immediately called me back to evaluate and assess where I was currently at in the promotional process. She made a couple of recommendations based on the information I provided her and began coaching me right away.

I strongly believed that through her guidance and assistance I was able to score well on both components. I finished second out of seven applicants and it’s all because of Dr. Willis!

This investment was well worth it and I have learned so much and will be more confident and competent on the next assessment center because of the coaching I received from Dr. Willis.

—Candidate for Lt rank (TX)

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Dr. Willis- I just wanted to give you an update on the test. Good news- I finished number 2 overall. I was two points off of finishing number 1. Either way, I am excited with the results!  They are promoting either 6 or 7 to Sergeant, so I feel like I have a pretty good shot at making it this time!! As far as the assessment center went, I finished 5th on that part. That’s not too bad I guess because most of the people at the top of that part were only separated by a few points. Anyways- thank you for all of your help!! It was worth it!

—Candidate for Sgt rank (FL)

I think our session definitely helped.  I think I didn’t perform as well as I should have on the in-basket.  I’ll know next week.  Thanks again!

—Candidate for Lt. Rank (TX)

But, I will promoted so, SUCCESS.  Thank you for your time and effort.
—Candidate for Police Lt rank (CA)

I wanted to thank you again for the training session that we did a few weeks ago for my in-basket exam.  Your teaching was extremely helpful and I ended up coming in 2nd place out of 21 people.  I was promoted last week and I am really enjoying it.

I’m sure I will be using you again in a couple of years when my next process comes up.


—Candidate for Sgt rank (NC)

I did not make it to the poly, but your training was on target. Thanks so much.

—Candidate for USPS job from TX

I came across Dr. Willis’ information as I voraciously researched the web looking for ways to get an advantage in the very competitive process to be a Chief of Police.  While I was comfortable with my skills and abilities, I was unsure of how to best market them and was concerned about the assessment center process.

With Dr. Willis’ help, I was able to shore up on the areas I felt deficient in, reinforce my strengths and refine my presentation so that I would be the best candidate possible.  The result – unanimous citizen and town official votes to serve as their next Chief of Police.  You can use Dr. Willis to help you achieve your goal, or you can congratulate your competitor if you allow him/her to do so first.  Your choice.

—Recently named Chief of Police, Massachusetts

I sought out the assistance of Dr. Linsey Willis, of L.J. Craig & Associates, Inc. to prepare for an upcoming assessment center for a chief of police position. I had been successful in the past at traditional promotional oral boards, however the assessment center process was new to me and I wanted to ensure I would be as prepared as I possibly could be.

I did my due diligence and found that Dr. Willis came highly recommended. Upon initial contact Dr. Willis was very helpful in not only explaining the process but what her plan was to make me successful in the process.

As we worked through the process I found the preparation materials to be excellent in both content and more importantly in terms of putting you in realistic situations which forced you to reason and explain your course of action.

After I completed the assessment center the administrator for the process approached me and commented on how well I had performed and how prepared I was for the process.

I do not want to mislead anyone, I put a lot of hard work in on my end as well but when you combine that hard work with Dr. Willis’s preparation you will put yourself in a very enviable position going into an assessment center process.

—Successful Police Chief Candidate –  State of CT going to state of FL