Which Branch of Law Enforcement Should You Join?

By: Brian Whitney
Estimated Completion Time
4 min
Which Branch of Law Enforcement Should You Join?
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About This Quiz

Being a law enforcement officer is one of the most important jobs that anyone could have in their lifetime, but it is also one of the most difficult. A law enforcement officer has to be a lot of things: they have to be brave enough to put themselves in danger to protect others, they have to be willing to work odd hours and long shifts, they have to be able to do some detective work, and they also need to do paperwork. They have to have the ability to sit around doing nothing for hours on end, and then still have the ability to snap into action at a moment's notice. 

Are you still interested? Well then maybe you should think about being a career in law enforcement. However, after the decision is made, you need to decide what branch. Do you think you might be comfortable working with the big dogs like the CIA, FBI, or Secret Service? Or maybe being a  city police officer might be your thing. Some people like the vibe of being a county sheriff, while still others like the freedom and intrigue of being a private detective. So many choices that is if you have what it takes. Take this quiz and collect the badge of your choice.


What would you most want to do?
I'd like to set a trap for speeders.
I'd like to arrest a thief.
I'd like to investigate a big case.
I'd like to follow someone around all day.

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Do you like deskwork?
No, I want to be outside.
No, I want to do something exciting.
I am cool with it.
I don't mind it.

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How much do you like to drive?
I love it.
I am okay with it.
I can't stand it.
I can take it or leave it depending on the day.

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What is your favorite show?
"The Andy Griffith Show."
"Cops."
"24."
"The Rockford Files."

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Do you like to figure out complex problems?
Umm. What?
No, I get bored quickly.
I love doing that.
I can if I am in the mood.

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How do you look in a suit?
I don't have any.
Not bad.
Amazing.
I look pretty good.

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Do enjoy dressing up for Halloween?
Nope.
That is kids' stuff.
I like it.
I love it.

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How do you look in a mustache?
I don't look that great in a mustache.
I look pretty good in a mustache.
I can't grow one.
I look AMAZING in a mustache.

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Do you mind being in dangerous situations?
Well, kind of.
Not at all.
Maybe once is a great while.
Of course I do.

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Are you a smooth talker?
I wouldn't say so.
I am not bad.
I am the smoothest.
I can talk circles around pretty much anyone.

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What is your highest level of school completed?
I have a high school diploma.
I have a bachelors degree.
I have a graduate degree.
I've attended some college.

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How well do you handle stress?
I don't handle stress well at all.
I handle stress extremely well.
I am pretty good at handling stress.
I don't even notice stress.

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Why would you want to work in law enforcement?
It seems like a steady job.
I have always wanted to.
It seems like a good opportunity.
I don't really want to if I have to be honest.

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Did you like to play hide and seek as a kid?
I don't recall.
I guess so.
No, I had better things to do.
I loved that game!

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Do you like to listen to peoples problems?
I can deal with it.
Sure, I guess so.
That totally bores me.
I can't stand that.

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Are you good with technology?
I am awful with it.
I am pretty good.
I am totally good.
I can be if I take the time to learn.

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What would you most like to do?
I'd like to stop murder from happening.
I'd like to catch a serial killer.
I want to examine the mind of a serial killer.
I want to avoid a serial killer.

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Do you like being in the country?
I love it.
I can't stand it.
I can go either way.
The country is so boring.

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Do you like to take naps?
Who doesn't?
I can't really nap, but I try.
I never nap.
I can nap with the best of them.

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Do you trust most people?
Sure I do.
No, I think most people are not trustworthy.
I try to.
I don't trust anyone.

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What is your drink of choice?
Domestic beer.
Craft beer.
A martini.
Straight whiskey.

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Have you ever slept in your car?
Yes, but don't tell anyone.
Maybe a quick nap.
I have never done that.
Sure, I have done it a lot.

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What would be a good job for you?
I'd love to be a park ranger
I'd love to be a Marine.
I'd love to be a scientist.
I'd be a great car salesman.

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How often do you work out?
Once a month.
Every day.
Once a week.
Hardly ever.

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Do you like to read?
I don't read much.
I pretty much never read.
I read all the time.
Sometimes.

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Do you like guns?
Not really.
Guns are alright.
No, but I will use them if I have to.
I hate them.

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Would you rather work with your hands or your mind?
I'd like to use my hands all the way.
I'd use my hands mostly.
I'd like to work using my mind exclusively.
I'd like to work using my mind most of the time.

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Do you like to work alone?
Sometimes.
Not often.
No, I like being around people.
I love working alone.

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What book might you read?
"The Killer Inside Me" by Jim Thompson.
"The New Centurions" by Joseph Wambaugh.
"Last Man Standing" by David Baldacci.
"Gone, Baby, Gone" by Dennis Lehane.

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How charming are you?
Not very.
I am pretty charming.
I don't know and I don't care.
I am ridiculously charming.

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