Police Judgement Quiz

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Police Judgement Quiz

Sound judgement is an inherent quality of a good police officer. The following scenarios will give you a quick sample of the types of problems you can expect and provide guidance into basic police judgement and reasoning. Enter your name and click START to begin! (The information contained in this quiz is for information and preparation only. All questions and information are the advice and opinion of the author and do not reflect the policy or procedures of any particular police service. The information provided is based on the authors own experience. You should always seek further advice before acting on something that the author published or recommended. The reader should always act in accordance with their own formal police training


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    You and your partner attend a call to a residential duplex where one neighbour reports a strong smell of gas coming from under the front door of the other duplex. On arrival at the unit you can smell the gas and assess it is coming from inside the other duplex. Your headquarters have already called the fire department to attend and they are about twenty minutes away. No-one is answering the door or phone at the address and the door is locked. You should:
    • A. 

      Force entry and quickly check if anyone is inside.

    • B. 

      Wait at the door to make sure the fire department know which unit to attend.

    • C. 

      Advise the caller (in the other unit) to come with you and wait a safe distance upwind of the address.

    • D. 

      Leave a note that you attended the address and leave the matter for the fire department to sort out.

  • 2. 
    You are in an authorised vehicle pursuit of a stolen motor vehicle. The occupants of the car are believed to be involved in a string of burglaries stealing large quantities of jewellery and cash from residential houses in the area. You are the only car involved in the pursuit and are comfortably keeping up with the stolen motor vehicle. Traffic is light, however as you turn into a side street you notice an oncoming car swerve off the road and collide with a parked car. The crash does not appear serious. You should: 
    • A. 

      Abandon the pursuit and stop to check on the welfare of the occupants of the crashed civilian car.

    • B. 

      Continue the pursuit. You didn’t directly cause the crash so its not your concern.

    • C. 

      Report the crash over the radio and ask for another police car to attend the crash so you can maintain observation on the stolen motor vehicle.

    • D. 

      Stop briefly and look out the window if anyone is hurt and if they seem ok then continue the pursuit.

  • 3. 
    You and your partner are driving under emergency conditions to assist two officers who requested urgent backup at a violent domestic incident. You don’t know exactly what is going on but it sounded like one of the officers was injured. You are the passenger of your patrol car. It is night time and raining heavily. You are driving through residential streets where the speed limit is 50 kph. You are in the passenger seat and your partner is driving extremely aggressively at speeds in excess of 100 kph in order to get to the scene. You are still about ten minutes away from the scene and there have already been several near misses with other road users. You are concerned at your partner’s driving. You should:
    • A. 

      Keep alert for traffic hazards and advise your partner if you see any potential crashes.

    • B. 

      Tell your partner to slow down and drive to the conditions.

    • C. 

      Say nothing, because backing up your fellow officers is more important than your own safety.

    • D. 

      Turn on some heavy metal music and enjoy the ride.

  • 4. 
    You are on foot patrol in a busy shopping precinct and are called to a disturbance in a pharmacy. As you arrive at the front door of the pharmacy a man rushes out the door and crashes into your partner, knocking your partner to the floor. The man then continues running away past other pedestrians through the mall. Your partner rolls onto his side revealing a small stab wound under his ribs, crying out, “He stabbed me!” You should:
    • A. 

      Call an ambulance and immediately pursue the man who stabbed your partner.

    • B. 

      Call an ambulance and stay with your partner to provide immediate first aid.

    • C. 

      Use your firearm to shoot the offender.

    • D. 

      Go into the pharmacy to further investigate what the disturbance was all about.

  • 5. 
    You arrive at the scene where a pedestrian has been seriously injured by a hit and run driver. Witnesses at the scene yell out to you that the driver has only just left a few moments ago. Your partner is attending to the injured person and asks you to call for an ambulance. After calling for an ambulance your NEXT action should be to:
    • A. 

      Take detailed witness statements at the scene of what happened whilst it is still fresh in the minds of people nearby.

    • B. 

      Get back in your car and drive off in the direction where the witnesses are saying the car went.

    • C. 

      Gain a description of the hit and run car from a witness and send the report over the radio.

    • D. 

      Cordon off the street and prepare the area as a protected crime scene.

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