Practice Police Situational Judgement Test
Dispatch reports a complaint of noisy and unruly teenagers hanging on the street. You proceed immediately to the area alone. You park the car nearby and observe 10 or 12 teens on the sidewalk. They do
not appear to be taking drugs or drinking.
1. What should you do first?
a. Approach the group and arrest them right away.
b. Call for backup.
c. Return to the station as there are no crimes are being committed.
d. Approach and question the group alone.
2. Dispatch replies that back up is on its way. You wait in the car until 2 officers arrive. What is your next course of action?
a. Approach the group with the 2 backup officers and politely inform them there has been a noise complaint.
b. With the back up officers, arrest all the teens.
c. Approach the group alone with the two backup officers still in the car, and tell the group they will have to be more quiet.
d. Divide the group into three and have each officer question one group.
3. The teenagers are a little hostile but are not committing any crime. What should you do?
a. Arrest all of them.
b. Repeat that there has been a noise complaint, and
ask them to please be more quiet.
c. Search the group for drugs.
d. Leave the scene.
You are called to a street lamp that has fallen across the street, partly blocking traffic. You are the first to arrive.
4. What is the first action that you should take?
a. Report the fallen lamp to dispatch.
b. Check the street lamp for exposed or loose wires that
may be carrying current.
c. Secure the area around the fallen street lamp with
pylons to direct traffic around the lamp and give dispatch
an update on the situation.
d. Evacuate the neighborhood.
5. You recognize a stolen car and confirm with dispatch you are following the car alone. The stolen car has 4 people in it and you are alone. What should you do?
a. Pull the car over immediately
b. Call for backup, giving your position and situation, and keep following the car
c. Report the position and direction and stop following the car.
d. Call for backup and keep following the car.
6. You are called to a robbery and see two cars leaving the scene at high speed. You give chase, however, the cars are driving at very high speed and driving very
What should you do?
a. Call dispatch with as much information as possible
b. Follow the cars and match their speed.
c. Follow the cars at a high but safe speed, even if you fall behind
c. Follow the cars but do not exceed the speed limit.
Answer Key – Situational Judgement
The safest course of action is to call for backup.
A low key and polite approach is best.
No crime is being committed, so there is no reason to arrest, and searching may antagonize them and the situation could deteriorate quickly if handled aggressively.
The first priority is to ensure safety and secure the area, then give dispatch an updated report. Inspecting the street light, beyond a quick inspection, is beyond your expertise and not your job. Better to wait for qualified people to arrive.
With four people in the car, pulling them over alone is not advised. The priority is to give dispatch the most information you can, and keep following the car.
One of your responsibilities is the safety, which includes yourself. In addition, a high speed chase could endanger innocent people. The best action is to follow the cars at a high
but safe speed and update dispatch with a description of the cars and any other information you have.