What Rank Will You Reach on the Police Force?

By: Zoe Samuel

What Rank Will You Reach on the Police Force?
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About This Quiz

Serving and protecting the community by joining its police force is one of the noblest ways that a citizen can contribute to the civic life of their city. The police force, after all, is vital to the maintenance of civil order and the protection of the people. Without it, the alternative becomes a militia or military, possibly alongside private mercenary forces maintaining order, and both of these are naturally going to tend toward overreach. A civilian police force that is answerable to the local civilian government is thus accountable and - when it is well-managed by a competent chief - thoroughly in tune with what the local community's needs and concerns are, and equipped to address them.

Of course, that means the police force needs to ensure that it hires the very best people. This goes double in environments in which the police's relationship to the community has been especially fraught due to a complicated history, excessive use of force, or other factors. Rebuilding trust means an accountable and thoughtful police force that is staffed by people who are drawn from the same communities they are policing, who are determined to do right by those communities and serve them as best they can. That means you - but how high do you think you'll rise within that police force? Take this quiz to find out!

How ambitious are you?
100%
Very
Somewhat
Not at all

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Are you great at paperwork?
Pretty good
Fairly good
Excellent
Terrible

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Do you love engaging with the community?
I like it.
I hate it.
I love it!
I like it more than average.

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What outfit looks good on you?
Fancy suit
Regular suit
Uniform
Stab vest

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How far do you like to walk in a day?
A few yards
A mile
A couple miles
Miles and miles

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How political are you?
Extremely
I can be when I have to be.
Somewhat
Not at all

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How detail-oriented are you?
I used to be but now I'm more of a big picture guy/gal.
To a truly insane degree
Very
Not very

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Can you manage a team?
Absolutely
Only a small one
Yes, I can.
No, thanks!

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Can you defuse tense situations?
When I have to!
Not really
Yes, but it really takes it out of me.
I sure can!

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Do you relate to the man in the street?
Not anymore
In some ways, but not in others.
Somewhat, yes
Totally!

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Can you manage upwards?
I can manage in any direction you like.
To some extent, yes
Sure!
Nope

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Are you a long term strategist?
Absolutely
Only on one subject at once
Not really
Nope

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Have you ever turned in a fellow cop for breaking the rules?
Only when it serves my purposes
Once or twice
I haven't.
When they deserve it

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Is your family a police family?
Yes, a couple generations
Nope
There's the odd relative here and there.
Yes, over 100 years

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How many years of policing do you think you have in you?
40+
30+
20+
15 or so

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What weapon do you like to use the most?
My mind
My eyes
Baton
Fists

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How fast can you run the hundred meter sprint?
Embarrassingly slow
About average
Just about average
I'm quicker than you'd think.

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Are you basically Sherlock Holmes when it comes to spotting a clue?
Not any more!
Oh, yes.
I have my moments.
I wish.

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Which crime is the most interesting to you?
Corruption
Murder
Violent crime
Gang crime

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What snack do you like best?
Peanuts
Crackerjack
Pretzel
Donut

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What injury are you willing to face in the course of an ordinary day?
Stubbed toe
Banged knee
Shoved into a wall
Horrible death

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How much coffee will you drink in the course of a day of policework?
A cup
Two cups
Several cups
Literally all the coffee that there is

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When something goes wrong in the department, who will get the blame?
It should be me but it won't be.
Not me!
Always me
Generally not me

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What mistake could you make that would end your career today?
Say what I really think
Nothing really, they'd just give me a sideways "promotion" to get rid of me.
Leave evidence somewhere
Shoot someone

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Which cop show do you secretly want to be living in?
The entire "CSI" franchise
"Sherlock"
"Brooklyn 99"
"The Wire"

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How important is money to you?
Fairly
More than average
As long as it's steady, I'm good.
I don't care about money.

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How important is having your own office?
It's life and death.
I could share but only with one person.
I don't want my own office.
I hate offices.

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If you were not a cop, what would you do?
Politician
Accountant
Firefighter
Soldier

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What sort of space do you like to be in, day to day?
Grand offices
Crime scenes
Central booking
Streets

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How often do you like going to fancy dinners?
Most days if possible
A couple times a year
Once a year
Never, please!

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