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The Police Exam - How To Get Hired Faster

Sergeant George Godoy

Use good judgment and common sense, as well as the information provided in the question, to answer the following questions.

1. Officer Bettis has arrived at the scene of a family disturbance. Two other officers are in the front yard of the residence, fighting with family members. Officer Bettis pulls out his departmentally approved baton and runs up to help one of the officers. A woman steps up and swings a broken beer bottle at Officer Bettis’s head. What should he do next?

A. Try to snatch the beer bottle out of her hand and hope he doesn’t get cut.

B. Strike her in a departmentally approved target area so she will drop the bottle.

C. Immediately call for more backup.

D. Dodge her blows and continue on to help the officer being attacked.

Explanation:

The correct answer is B. Police officers are required to subdue combative suspects as quickly and safely as possible. If Officer Bettis is in a situation where the baton is an approved weapon and he or other officers are in physical danger, he should use his baton. The situation does not change because the attacker is female. No other option is safe or feasible.

Officers who use pepper spray to disperse a crowd should do the following:

1. Warn other officers that pepper spray is about to be deployed.

2. Order the crowd to disperse.

3. Take a position upwind of the crowd.

4. Direct the spray into the crowd while continuing to order them to disperse.

5. Provide first aid to anyone who is overcome by the spray.

2. Officers Brady, Dion, and Rodriguez are called to the scene of a large fight in front of Omar’s Grill. When they arrive, they see around 15 adult males bunched up in the parking lot punching each other. Officer Dion pulls out his canister of pepper spray. What should he do next?

A. Order the crowd to stop fighting.

B. Warn the other two officers that he’s about to spray the crowd.

C. Warn the crowd that he has pepper spray.

D. Stand downwind of the crowd before spraying.

Explanation:

The correct answer is B. According to step 1 in the procedure, the officer should warn the other officers before he takes further action. The officer does want the crowd to stop fighting and will order them to do so, but choice A is step 2. Choice C is not listed as a step, and choice D is not a good answer because the officer will always want to be upwind of pepper spray, not downwind.

3. Officers Perez and Navarro arrive at City Hall to find a mob rocking Mayor Dickson’s car back and forth in the street. Officer Navarro shouts to Officer Perez that he is going to use his pepper spray. What should he do next?

A. Stand downwind of the crowd.

B. Shout to the crowd to disperse.

C. Warn the crowd that pepper spray is about to be deployed.

D. Stand upwind of the crowd before using the spray.

Explanation:

The correct answer is B. The officer has already taken step 1, having warned his partner that he is about to use the spray. Step 2 is to order the crowd to disperse.

So, how did you do? Did any of the answers surprise you? Did you learn anything?

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Practice questions are extremely useful in your preparation for the written test, not only for becoming accustomed to a police mindset, but also for becoming accustomed to reading a situation carefully and completely in order to make the best decision for action.

What you face in the written test is an evaluation of your approach to life and your ability to repeatedly and consistently handle critical incidents within highly regulated parameters. You are being evaluated on dependability of effort and thought, adaptability of action, reliability of reaction and durability of decision-making. You are being tested to find out if you possess the unique combination of components that will allow you not only to withstand the rigors of police work, but to thrive and excel as a police officer.

Take a stand for your dream. Make a pledge to succeed. Arm yourself for victory. This is about your life. This is about your decision to make your dream a reality. You can win through this challenge because you are well-prepared, primed for pursuit and your sights are firmly fixed on your target — the top of the eligibility list and first shot at the door to your dream.


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    creyven

    about 6 years ago

    4 Comments

    its my first time but i dont know where to take the exam coz im here in philippines and also i'm a filipino

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    creyven

    about 6 years ago

    4 Comments

    its my first time but i dont know where to take the exam coz im here in philippines and also i'm a filipino

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    Deezz

    about 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    This is a Great example, there's alot ot learn.

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    savedtolive

    about 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    I took 3 different Practice Police Exams. Each had 100 questions, just like the real deal, and I spent about 100 minutes each test. From all 3 tests, I averaged a 83% score.
    I go to take the actual Written exam and ended up NOT passing with a score of 65%
    WHAT HAPPENED?!?!? I'm absolutely mind-boggled. I don't understand how I could have scored almost 20% less. The questions were basically the same...

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    TheRobin

    about 6 years ago

    22 Comments

    This is definately a useful article. I could use this stuff here to get myself in line for the challenges ahead of me when I enter the police force. Goos stuff!

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    markovsky

    about 6 years ago

    14 Comments

    The answers were much different then my answers.

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    christianuep

    about 6 years ago

    60 Comments

    This is really useful practice test for my future official test to become a Police Officer I do learn a lot from this wed, thanks Policelink.

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    melindasheriff3965

    about 6 years ago

    98 Comments

    this is great it really shows what you know and what you need to know thanks!!!

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    rudster

    about 6 years ago

    12 Comments

    I,m 42 years old and I wonder if that is to old. I am in great shape but I have no idea if 42 years old is to old?

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    rudster

    about 6 years ago

    12 Comments

    I,m 42 years old and I wonder if that is to old. I am in great shape but I have no idea if 42 years old is to old?

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    kidabilene

    about 6 years ago

    18 Comments

    what percentage of the test is math or reading comprehension? What are required scores? does it vary from dept. to dept.?

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    joliksyfrancis

    about 6 years ago

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    i can't wait to get my degree !

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    crw91

    about 6 years ago

    4 Comments

    that was a great example

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    ZZZzzz

    about 6 years ago

    128 Comments

    Sgt is right on with this information, just keep your head on stright and you will see and be part of things you have never seen or believed before you got into this profession.

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    jallenrainey

    about 6 years ago

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    I am going to test for Charlotte PD and this helped me out with the topics that are going to be on the test

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