Would You Be a Good Police Officer?

By: Mark Lichtenstein
Estimated Completion Time
5 min
Would You Be a Good Police Officer?
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About This Quiz

Being a police officer is one of the hardest jobs there is. You have to be in good shape, both mentally and physically, you have to be prepared to spend hours doing nothing at all and then burst into action at a moment's notice. Not only that, but the hours are horrible, your life is often in danger and you are constantly put into really difficult situations with some pretty unsavory people. 

The point is, being a police officer is hard. There are not a whole lot of people who can do the job at all, let alone well, you have to be a really special kind of person to be able to be a police officer. Do you have what it takes? If you don't, it doesn't make you a bad person, there are all sort of things that you have to be able to handle and do as a police officer that a lot of people wouldn't want to do in a million years, But if you do have what it takes to be an officer of the law, sworn to protect the lives, property and freedom of American citizens, then it is something to be proud of. Would you be a good police officer? Take this quiz to find out.

Do you trust the police?
I trust the police least of all.
I trust the police, all of them.
I trust the competent police.
I trust some of them.

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Do you trust the public?
I trust no one.
I trust the public, most of the time.
Some of the time I trust them.
I trust them if they have been voir dired.

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Do you trust lawyers?
I trust no one.
About as far as I can throw them.
I'll work with them.
I trust the ones who are on my side.

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When does a criminal let their guard down?
Never
When you've got them in lockup.
When you've got them dead to rights.
When you've put them in prison.

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What task would you look forward to doing day to day?
Examining reams of paperwork
Glad-handing the people and pounding the pavement
Combing through heaps of evidence
Coming up with a legal strategy for a prosecution

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Do you mind taking the stand?
I don't mind, on occasion.
I don't mind doing it a lot.
I'll do it if necessary.
I'd really rather not.

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How kind are you?
I'm deliberately unkind.
I'm pretty kind to strangers.
I'm kind, but hard.
I'm very kind, but with an agenda.

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How is your empathy?
It's functional, but not amazing.
It's pretty good.
It's very sharp.
It's truly epic.

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How silver-tongued are you?
Not very; I'm all stick.
I'm not a big talker in that way.
I can get people to reveal things they were not planning on.
I can persuade people to talk themselves into a corner.

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Could you make it as a counselor?
No, I'm too hard-nosed.
Yes, people lean on me all the time.
Yeah, I can get people to open up to me.
No, I'm totally insensitive.

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How well do you know criminal procedure?
Textbook
I know the basics.
I know most of it.
All I know is procedure.

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How good are you at seeing patterns?
Fairly good
Not great
I'm talented.
I'm very, very good at it.

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How good are you at reading people you've never met before?
I'm okay, but I prefer evidence to people.
I'm good with first impressions.
I'm skilled at interviewing.
No, I need a dossier.

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How diligent are you at making preparations for your job?
I'm all about diligence.
I'm not that diligent.
I'm pretty diligent.
I'm the most diligent person you will ever meet.

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Do you mind if your colleagues do not like you?
I don't mind at all.
I want them to like me.
I'd like a few friends.
I'd like to be liked but in the end I don't mind.

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How much do you crave glory?
Not at all
I just want to wear the uniform.
I just want the stats.
I want the spotlight!

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Do you want to save the day every day or just sometimes?
I'd rather my skills not be needed but when they are I will pounce.
I want to make a small difference every day.
I want to make a big difference every once in a while.
I want to carry the ball over the line every day I'm at work.

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How much does your salary matter to you?
Not at all
I just want some decent pay with benefits.
I'd like to be well paid.
Quite a lot

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How corruptible are you?
I'm completely incorruptible.
I'm not very incorruptible.
I'm fairly incorruptible.
I'm mostly incorruptible.

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How are your knees?
Not good
They're very good.
They're fine.
I have a trick knee.

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How likely are you to notice when something is wrong?
I'm well informed.
I've got a sense for when something feels off.
I've got a fantastic BS meter.
It can take me time, but I'll spot it.

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How good are you at understanding science?
I understand it well.
Not really
If a boffin explains it to me, I'll get it.
I understand it very well.

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How good a shot are you?
Not great
I'm a good shot.
I'm pretty decent.
Terrible

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How willing are you to wade into something truly awful?
I'm willing to go anywhere and see anything to see justice done.
I'll do it, but I'd rather deal with normal problems.
I will stand before any horrific atrocity to see justice done.
I'll do it, but I'd rather be on the academic side.

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How much time do you want to spend working outside the office?
Not much
Loads
About half my time
I only want to be inside.

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How much do you want to work with regular people?
Not at all
Quite a lot
I want to work with regular people most of the time.
I only want to see regular people in a very specific capacity, on my terms.

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How important is it to you that you be the difference maker?
Not important, unless it's down to just me.
I want to have a positive impact every day.
I want every job I do to be important.
I want to have the ball when the game is on the line.

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How important is the "justice" part of your job?
It's the most important thing.
It's more than half of the deal.
It's a small part of what I do.
It's theoretically important, but actually not too important.

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Do you feel comfortable slapping cuffs on someone?
No, which is why I'll be very careful about it.
I'd rather talk them out of acting in such a way as to need cuffing.
That's how I'd get my kicks.
No, but I'd be happy to throw them in jail.

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Are you willing to put your life on the line to save someone else?
I'll do it if required, but I'd rather not risk it.
I'll do it without hesitation.
I'd do it, but I'd rather just give justice after the fact.
I'm completely unwilling to do that.

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