Police Officer Interview Questions

Police officers play an integral role in maintaining peace and ensuring the safety, so employers will be looking for candidates with advanced communication skills and quick judgment. Come ready to discuss how you would diffuse conflict in an emergency as well as your knowledge of relevant laws. Be aware that police officers are often required to complete additional forms of assessment, such as passing a written examination, physical fitness and psychological test, and a background check.

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Top Police Officer Interview Questions & How to Answer

Here are three top police officer interview questions and tips on how to answer them:

Question No. 1: What drew you to a career as a police officer?

How to answer: The hiring agency is looking to see if you have adequately thought through being a police officer. Express your interest in serving your community; mention your commitment to public safety; and maybe share a personal story that piqued your interest in law enforcement.

Question No. 2: How would you deal with unprofessional or immoral behaviour at work?

How to answer: Dealing with unprofessional behaviour at work can take many forms. Answer with comments addressing the need for a police officer to keep the agency's best interest and moral reputation upheld; to protect citizens from law enforcement unprofessional behaviour; and to follow police training and agency standards.

Question No. 3: How would you de-escalate a situation that may turn violent?

How to answer: Police officers often have to de-escalate a situation to prevent it from becoming violent. Answer with comments such as speaking in a calm voice with clear, understandable language and giving clear instructions about how to comply with a police officer's instructions delivered with an authoritative voice.

Top Interview Questions

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Admiral Security
Special Police Officer was asked...16 July 2015

Name three things you consider as great customer service.

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Quick thinking

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New York Police Department

Why do you feel this job is right for you?

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I love helping Antoine and everyone I can.

I love helping anyone and everyone I can.

How is the drug test tooken ?

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Metropolitan Police Service

What would you do if you heard, your colleague racially abusive to someone?

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I would remind them of there role as a police officer the core values of public service, and that they are role models to the public and report it. Then apologies to the victim. Less

I shall try and establish the cause as to what bring the abuser to racially abuse the abusee. Secondly, should reprimanded by the seniors after I have reported the matter to them. I can also give some sort of emotionally assistance to the abusee since she /he will be going through a lot at that time.. I can even further suggest to the management to remove either victim or abuser to different places Less

Report it!

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National Security Agency
Police was asked...9 August 2016

What would you do if you were the manager of a movie theater and some one called in a bomb threat?

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Pull the fire alarm

1st I would go start escorting people out of the theater and make sure all the exits are safe. 2 I would find out who did it ask questions and look at the video tape and see if the saw any one around the fire alarm. 3 I would write a report Less

Lol dont pull the alarm

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Dallas Police Department-Texas

What would you do if your partner was shot.

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Call for available Officers to the scene put out a description of the suspect over the radio. Make sure I try to stop the bleeding. Less

Send suppressive fire if necessary, drag my partner to safety while calling for additional units, EMS for a downed officer, additional EMS if suspect is wounded/ incapacitated, giving suspect description to dispatch, apply needed combat casualty care, ie. tourniquet, pressure dressing, chest seal if shot in the chest. secure the scene if necessary Less

My partner is down i need backup and a ambulance

Why do you want to join the police?

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Police officers are a vital part of society and their pay reflects it

I want to join police because police is vital part of society. As they directly interact with people. Less

Your desire to make your community a safer place to live in, and how it has been your dream since your youth. Don’t be afraid to mention the obvious advantages that go along with the job – respect, good fringe benefits, and whatever else has attracted you. Less

US Department of Veterans Affairs

Why do you want to work for the Department of Veterans Affairs Police Service?

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I want to join the department of veteran becouse it'll help change carreer I'am currently working for the department of correction Less

I want to work for the Department of Veteran, Becouse its chanleging and it'll provide a different expirence I'am currently working in correcti. Less

The Veterans have given so much. I want to give to those that have provided the very freedom I indulge myself in every day. I can never express the gratitude I have for them. It's my way of giving back. Less

US Department of Veterans Affairs

What makes you qualified for this job.

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Depends on your qualifications

This depends on what cualifications your looking for

I'am qualified for this job becouse Iam open minded and a good listener ,learn quick and strong caracter I deal with different situation every day in correction , this is why i think I'am Cualified! Less

Admiral Security

Name three things about yourself?

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Hard worker


City of Jacksonville

Experience and education

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I had customer service experience and a Bachelors in Criminal justice

Are you in Jackson, MS or Jax,FL? You seriously had to take a polygraph?

Jacksonville FL, and yes. Over 200+ questions before you actually took it.

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