An important part to becoming a police officer is the written exam. Not every state uses the same exact test as many use tests that are provided by state organizations such as the Peace Office Standard and Training while others use different agencies to create the tests.
The written exam usually various types of questions ranging from true and false to fill in the blanks to essays.
In most cases, the tests are often multiple choice. The reason multiple-choice tests are used is due to the fact that only one answer will be correct, thus it is easier to grade.
The tests will include questions in the categories of spelling, vocabulary, and math, and memory, problem solving and reading.
Be prepared for the written exam by studying any area that you might think is not your strong points. No matter, which you believe is not your best subject; spend more time studying that subject than the other ones.
You can even find practice written tests for police officers at your local bookstore or library that will give you a chance to get in some practice time. Get plenty of rest the night before the exams and remember to eat breakfast so you do not start to starve halfway through.
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Why Become a Police Officer
Like any other job, being a police officer will have its collection of perks and its fair share of drawbacks. Pursuing a career in law enforcement represents a big commitment and requires a very high level of dedication from those who wish to become a part of the police force.
Those people that genuinely want to "serve and protect" must first be aware that it is important to consider all the many aspects of the job before making the big decision to pursue a career as a police officer. There is the expectation to go through extensive and ongoing training to contend with and it is important to be very aware that the job will involve potentially facing dangerous situations in the line of work.
Let's take a look at a number of advantages and disadvantages as points that can help you obtain a better understanding of what you'll need to consider when making this decision:
- Job security: The field of law enforcement is generally stable leading to higher job security.
- Salary: The pay is above the median income.
- Insurance: Medical and dental coverage
- Vacations: Paid leave and holiday bonuses
- Pensions: Good pension plans for a happy retirement
- Allowances: There are all kinds of allowances for work related activities and working extra hours as the job demands
- Dangerous and difficult working conditions with the real threat of putting your life on the line
- Physically demanding work
- Long shifts with irregular hours
- Stressful work environment with a high expectation of achieving results
- Paperwork and adherence to strict rules
- Extensive travel and relocation requirements (at State or Federal level)
In conclusion, while there are several disadvantages to being employed as a law enforcement officer with regard to danger and personal safety, the many benefits can outweigh these, depending on the person and their circumstances in life.
Additionally, there are a number of personal skills that are taught to trainees. These include learning how to read body language to ascertain the intent of a suspect; knowing how to better deal with stress while similarly working on self discipline; and physical fitness to be a more effective all-round law enforcement officer.