Quiz: Can You Answer These Random Questions About Law Enforcement?
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Can You Answer These Random Questions About Law Enforcement?
By: Torrance Grey
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About This Quiz

The world of law enforcement encompasses a lot more than just "cops on the beat." In the United States alone, there's a complex array of agencies and bureaus, from the federal level down to the watchmen of unincorporated rural townships. Some agencies keep the peace, like uniformed police officers and sheriff's deputies. Others, like plainclothes detectives and FBI agents, have investigative roles. And in many agencies, especially smaller ones, there's a mix. 

It isn't just cities, counties and states -- that is, official government jurisdictions -- that have law enforcement agencies. A surprising number of airports, subway systems, universities, parks, national lands, waterways and more have their own -- with sworn officers, not civilian security guards. These jurisdictions often overlap, requiring cooperation among agencies. In cop shows and crime novels, of course, there's also more infighting and credit-stealing than cooperation!

How much do you know about the workings of law enforcement? We've crafted a quiz to help you find out. Some questions are about legal rights and limitations; others are about service weapons, and some are about the history of law enforcement. When you're finished, you might have learned a thing or two -- including that some of your knowledge base was actually myths perpetuated by TV and the movies! Ready to separate fact from fiction? Let's go!

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FBI stands for the Federal Bureau of ______?
2 of 35
Something that clearly indicates you could not have committed a particular crime is called what?
3 of 35
What is the opposite of a felony?
4 of 35
A person too young to be legally responsible for their actions is called what?
5 of 35
What is the name for the rights read to a person at time of arrest?
6 of 35
Larceny is the legal term for which of these?
7 of 35
True or false: It is common procedure to draw a chalk outline around a dead body.
8 of 35
The "ten-code" has to do with how law-enforcement officers use what?
9 of 35
What kind of lawyers do police officers work closely with?
10 of 35
In the abbreviations "LKA" and "NKA," what does the "A" stand for?
11 of 35
What is the official record of arrests kept at a police station informally called?
12 of 35
13 of 35
Which of these is the legal term for deliberate, unlawful fire-setting?
17 of 35
Which U.S. state has officers called the "Rangers"?
18 of 35
Which of these agencies are not commonly made up of sworn officers?
20 of 35
The act of leading an arrested and handcuffed suspect up the steps to the courthouse, usually in front of press cameras, is called what?
21 of 35
Who is credited with modernizing and expanding the FBI in the 20th century?
22 of 35
When did fingerprinting begin to be used for identification purposes?
23 of 35
When did DNA analysis become part of forensic science?
24 of 35
The headquarters of London's city police department is named for what country?
25 of 35
Which of these handguns might a city police officer or sheriff's deputy carry?
27 of 35
Quantico, where the FBI Academy is located, is a base serving which branch of the military?
28 of 35
Circumstances that lessen the seriousness of a crime are called "______ circumstances."
29 of 35
Is "Observe and Report" a real law-enforcement practice?
30 of 35
If you're an officer who rarely leaves the station, you might earn what nickname?
31 of 35
How many states have a "state bureau of investigation"?
32 of 35
True or false: Officers can go through your outside trash can, without your permission, for evidence of a crime.
33 of 35
For how many hours, legally, can detectives interrogate a suspect?
35 of 35
Which U.S. president was once the police commissioner of New York City?
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