Test: What makes a good cop?
"I've gone into hundreds of fortune-teller's parlors, and have been told thousands of things, but nobody ever told me I was a policewoman getting ready to arrest her."
Law enforcement is less glamorous and more tedious than television writers have led you to believe. If you have a burning desire to protect and serve your fellow man (and woman), you probably have what it takes to wear the gold badge.
"As a Law Enforcement Officer, my fundamental duty is to serve mankind; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidations, and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the Constitutional rights of all men to liberty, equality and justice."
Law enforcement standards are exceptionally high, as they should be.
We also look for candidates who are friendly, caring, intelligent, polite, assertive and emotionally and psychologically stable. Do you have the characteristics necessary to become a successful officer? Let's see...
Choose your best answer to the following questions. Answer the questions with a 'Y' for YES or an 'N' for NO, or 'a' or 'b' where applicable.
Would You Be A Good Cop?
1. ___ Is your IQ above average?
3. ___ Could you walk into a dark building with only a gun and a flashlight (which tells anyone in there where you are) knowing that an armed and dangerous suspect is somewhere in the darkness? Oh, and he does not like cops.
4. ___ Could you wear 20 pounds of body armor and tools of the trade (i.e., weapon, handcuffs, baton, flashlight, knife) in 100-degree heat and still be able to chase a suspect several blocks on foot.
5. ___ Could you listen to all of the doughnut jokes and still smile whenever you hear a new one (or even an old one)?
6. Which is more important to you? ____
7. Would you rather… ___
8. Would you rather have… ___
9. ___ Do you belong to civic groups in your community?
10. Do you thrive on ___
11. Do you like to see things done… ____
12. Do you have ____
13. Which do you value most ___
14. Do you prefer…___
15.___ Are you willing to do your duty even if it requires great sacrifice?
16. Do you rely on your _____
17. Is your focus primarily on ____
18. ____ Are you attracted to adventure?
19. ____ Are you especially observant?
20. Do you like to _____
21. Do you prefer____
Scores 1 - 6
Hint: Don't ask if you can turn on the siren and blue light. I assure you, as one who knows, they will find little humor in your request. In law enforcement we call that a clue.
Scores 7 - 12
And this is a very interesting site as is this site:
http://www.hollandc.pe.ca/APA/ especially if you happen to live near Boston. Oh, you may need to learn about the appropriate application of the "baton." The less politically correct call it a nightstick. Believe it or not you must take a written test to be certified in "baton."
Scores 13 - 20
No doubt, you realize that Richmond was the capitol of the Confederacy. Therefore, the idea is not as extreme as it might appear at first. How do you feel about kangaroos and other assorted marsupials? Before you decide to exclude Australia, you should know their starting salary for cops on probation is $44,000, look at their site http://www.police.nsw.gov.au /recruitment/recruitment.cfm. Would you be interested in the United States's first federal law enforcement agency? Okay here it is http://www.usdoj.gov/marshals/ US Marshals.
Good luck to all of you. What more can you ask… a cool car with flashing blue lights and a siren, sinfully scrumptious glazed or chocolate covered doughnuts and pepper spray. Oh, by the way, before you can carry pepper spray you must be sprayed. Darn, I'll bet we just lost a few enthusiastic applicants. Pity.
The difference between observing and seeing:
Here is your first lesson in detecting. Pay close attention. There will be a test.
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson went on a camping trip. After a good meal and a bottle of wine, they lay down for the night and went to sleep. Some hours later, Holmes awoke and nudged his faithful friend.
"Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see."
Watson replied, "I see millions and millions of stars."
"What does that tell you?"
Watson pondered for a minute.
"Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo. Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three. Theologically, I can see that God is all-powerful and that we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. What does it tell you?"
Holmes was silent for a minute, and then spoke. "Watson, you idiot, some crook has stolen our tent."
This test was taken from "The Ultimate Book of Personality Tests" by Dr. Dorothy McCoy
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