How Much Do You Know About the History of Law Enforcement in the U.S.?


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They protect and serve, they explore and defend, and they kick butt. This quiz is all about law enforcement in this country, and the men and women who make it happen. Put your hands behind your head.

When was the first recorded police death?

The first recorded police death took place in 1791. Since then, there have been over 200,000 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

What was the deadliest decade in law enforcement history?

The '20s were actually the deadliest decade in police history. In that time, 246 officers were killed each year, on average.

What was the deadliest day in law enforcement history?

September 11th, 2001 was the deadliest day in law enforcement history. 72 brave men and women lost their lives that day.

Which city has lost the most officers?

New York is the city that has lost the most officers in the line of duty. Texas is the state that has lost the most officers.

What is the most dangerous day of the week for law enforcement?

Friday results in the most felonious fatalities. Tuesday is the safest day of the week. TGI not F.

Which law enforcement team uses paint-balls?

Japanese law enforcement uses paint-balls to mark fleeing cars. The bright orange paint helps them to identify those cars if they escape.

On average, how long do you have to wait for the police to respond in Detroit?

In Detroit, you have to wait roughly 14.5 minutes for the police to respond to a call. The national average is 11 minutes.

What do police detectives wear?

Traditionally, police detectives wear suits on the job. They have been doing this for over 100 years.

True or false: A Scottish officer arrested a serial killer, and then found his dead daughter.

Grim tale. In 1963 a Scottish police officer arrested Robert Black, a serial killer. He found his dead daughter at the back of the killer's van.

How old do you have to be to become a police officer?

To become a police officer, you must be at least 21 years old. You must also have a high school diploma or GED.

Dutch police keep ____ in their cars.

Dutch police actually keep teddy bears in each police vehicle. This is in case something troubling happens to a child.

True or false: Michigan police staged a fake wedding to capture drug dealers.

This is a remarkably true story. In 1990, Michigan police staged an entire wedding, and invited all the drug dealers that they'd arrest all at once.

Which police force had a Lamborghini?

The Italian police force was given a Gallardo LP560-4 from Lamborghini in 2008. It was crashed the following year.

Detective Angel Batista from the show "Dexter" was ____ .

The actor who played Detective Angel Batista was an actual NYPD cop. His name is David Zayas.

Cops don't tattle on one another due to the _____ .

The Blue Code of Silence is an unwritten rule among police officers. It keeps them from reporting on a colleague's misdeeds.

Who shot two off-duty police officers who were assaulting a young man?

Tupac actually shot two off-duty police officers who were assaulting a young man. The charges were dropped because the officers were intoxicated and in possession of stolen guns.

How many police departments are in the US?

There are roughly 18,000 federal, state and local police departments in the US. Responsibilities and funding vary from state to state.

Who is responsible for law enforcement duties on the federal level?

The Department of Justice is responsible for law enforcement duties on the federal level. It includes the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), the United States Marshals Service and the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP).

County law enforcement areas are often referred to as ______ .

County law enforcement are often referred to as parishes or boroughs. They are usually run by a sheriff's department.

Who was a champion of police reform?

Lyndon B. Johnson famously focused on police reform in the 1960s. There have also been several notable recent efforts.

The past century saw the _____ of law enforcement.

The past century saw the militarization of law enforcement in this country. Many attribute this to the wars of the 20th century.

In Thailand, bad cops are forced to wear ____ .

In Thailand, cops who misbehave are actually forced to wear Hello Kitty armbands. Now, that's some serious punishment.

How many people have Finnish police shot to death in the past 25 years?

No joke. Finnish police have actually only shot 4 people to death in the past 25 years. Now, that's a peaceful country.

It was once legal for officers of the Honolulu Police Department to _____ .

It was once legal for officers of the Honolulu Police Department to sleep with prostitutes when undercover. Who is the guy who wrote that law?

The famous murder of Adam Walsh was marked by police ______ .

The famous murder of Adam Walsh in 1981 was marked by police incompetence. It eventually led to the television series "America's Most Wanted."

What is the median wage for police and patrol officers?

The median wage for police and patrol officers is roughly $55,000. For detectives and investigators it's roughly $75,000.

Who dedicated "National Police Week?"

JFK famously dedicated "National Police Week". It is the week of May 15 each calendar year.

What is the largest law enforcement agency in the country?

The US Customs and Border Protection agency is the largest in the country. It has about 45,600 sworn officers.

What percentage of law enforcement deaths are vehicle-related?

Roughly half of all line-of-duty deaths are vehicle-related. And half of those are single-car patrol vehicle accidents.

The suicide rate for law enforcement officers is ____ than the population at large.

The suicide rate for law enforcement officers is 150% greater than the population at large. Police see some dark stuff, for sure.

What percentage of officers engage in misconduct?

It's actually less than 1% of officers who engage in any kind of serious misconduct. Police get a bad rap.

For every officer hired, how many applications were there?

For every officer who was hired, there were roughly 100 applications. This number increases even more for those applying to the FBI.

How many law enforcement officers are in the US?

There are literally 900,000 law enforcement officers in the US. Only 12% of these are women.

Who was a volunteer cop?

Shaquille O'Neal was actually a volunteer cop. Other celebrities include Ken Osmond (Eddie Haskell from Leave It To Beaver), Bobby Sherman (60s pop star), Sonny Grosso, Eddie Egan, Dennis Farina and Ernie Hudson.

How many violent crimes happened last year?

Just over 500,000 violent crimes occurred last year. That's an increase of about 5% from 2015. Thank goodness we have our law enforcement!

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