Predicting shooting scores from physical performance data

Gregory S. Anderson (Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, University College of the Fraser Valley, Mission, BC, Canada)
Darryl B. Plecas (Professor, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University College of the Fraser Valley, Mission, BC, Canada)

Policing: An International Journal

ISSN: 1363-951X

Publication date: 1 December 2000


Selecting the right people for police work is not only important for the employer, but is also in the best interest of the public. Failure to screen out individuals who cannot perform the physical duties has a large human and economic cost. The present study investigated whether physical performance and anthropometric measures can predict recruits’ handgun marksmanship. While significant correlations were found between handgun marksmanship and dominant grip strength, combined grip strength, forearm girth and second ray length, significance was only found when the genders were analyzed together. A step‐wise multiple regression could not generate an equation to predict shooting score from the available data.



Anderson, G. and Plecas, D. (2000), "Predicting shooting scores from physical performance data", Policing: An International Journal, Vol. 23 No. 4, pp. 525-537.

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