Quiz: Officers Should Be Able to Get More Than 33/35 on This Police Entrance Exam. Can You?
Officers Should Be Able to Get More Than 33/35 on This Police Entrance Exam. Can You?
By: Torrance Grey
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About This Quiz

 What, really, does it take to be a police officer? The days when any Barney Fife could be put in uniform and given the keys to the jail and a squad car are over. (Confused? Search "Barney Fife" on YouTube to see comedian Don Knotts's portrayal of the classic country-bumpkin deputy). Nowadays, many officers have at least a two-year degree from college. Community colleges often offer associate-degree programs in Criminal Justice or Public Safety. Other would-be police officers get four-year degrees before entering the Academy, in a variety of disciplines. Having studied one of the sciences, math or liberal arts isn't an obstacle to being a police officer. 

However, once you've committed to this line of work, there are certain things you'll be expected to know. To screen out the very unprepared, police academies use exams that test candidates not just on the basics of police procedure and ethics, but on simple math skills, logic, reading comprehension and spatial reasoning. Even grammar and spelling are included -- police officers write a lot of reports, and errors can make the department look bad in the eyes of lawyers, reporters and anyone else into whose hands these public reports might fall. 

Our quiz, then, strives to imitate a police academy entrance exam. We'll test you on math, logic, grammar and spelling. But we've also included a lot about police techniques, procedures and ethics, to keep things interesting. You're sure not to get bored. Good luck!

1.0 of 35
The short statement you read a suspect at arrest is called their ______ rights.
3.0 of 35
Which word is misspelled? "In the chain of evidence, every individuel must sign for receipt of an item."
4.0 of 35
A small-town police force pays its chief $45,000 per year, its one detective $37,000, a senior officer $32,000 and two junior officers $24,000. Excluding the chief's salary, what is the average pay in this jurisdiction?
7.0 of 35
Which of these is a correctly spelled word?
8.0 of 35
Which of these does a patrol officer NOT routinely carry?
9.0 of 35
At a hit-and-run accident, you notice that the driver, who is trying to stop the victim's bleeding, appears to be very drunk. What should you do?
11.0 of 35
Which of these is the legal limit for blood alcohol content in the US?
12.0 of 35
True or false: Legal blood alcohol content is lower for commercial drivers.
14.0 of 35
You have gone to a suspect's apartment to look for contraband in a robbery. No one answers your knock. What should you do?
15.0 of 35
Which of these is NOT an important skill for a police officer?
16.0 of 35
Avery is taking the sergeant's exam, which has 60 questions and requires a score of 85 percent to move on to the interview stage. How many questions can Avery miss?
17.0 of 35
Four-fifths of Avery's group passed the written exam. What percent of the group is advancing?
18.0 of 35
True or false: Every crime has only one crime scene.
19.0 of 35
20.0 of 35
True or false: It is important to make a chalk outline around a body.
21.0 of 35
Which word in this sentence is misspelled? "Her lieutennant ordered a thorough search of the premises."
22.0 of 35
A highway pursuit between a suspect vehicle and a squad car covered 42 miles and reached speeds of 95 miles per hour. What was the average speed of the squad car?
24.0 of 35
You are off-duty when you step into a convenience store that is being robbed. As you enter, the robber bolts through the back door, and the cashier sits down hard, saying he has chest pains. What is your course of action?
25.0 of 35
Which of these is a correctly spelled word?
26.0 of 35
You arrive at a deli and dispel some teenage boys who are harassing customers. The grateful owner offers you a free ham to take home. What do you do and why?
27.0 of 35
Which of these should not be transmitted over the radio?
28.0 of 35
Which word in this sentence is misspelled? "No relevant detail should be omited from the indictment."
29.0 of 35
A pair of robbers is digging a hole in which to hide their loot. It's three feet long by two feet wide by three feet deep. How much dirt is in their hole when they're done?
30.0 of 35
A mint plus a can of soda costs $1.10 total. The soda costs a dollar more than the mint. How much does the mint cost?
31.0 of 35
On the first day of school, a championship trophy is stolen from the school's case during a brief period in which it was unlocked for cleaning. Which of the following suspects should you detain for more thorough questioning?
32.0 of 35
In what situation might you be part of a "skirmish line"?
34.0 of 35
You and your partner are checking out a report of a break-in at a liquor store and find that the rear door was, in fact, pried open and the stockroom ransacked. While waiting for the store owner to arrive, your partner slips a six-pack of beer into your cruiser. What should you do?
35.0 of 35
You are eating at a restaurant when you notice several safety code violations, like blocked fire exits. However, the restaurant is owned by a senior city council member. What should you do?
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