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Map Reading for Police Officer Exam Study Guide (page 3)

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Updated on Jul 5, 2011

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  1. c. This is the simplest way around the one-way streets and Town Hall. Since Linda Lane is one-way, some backtracking is required. However, since the residence is only one block off Brigham Boulevard, turning eastbound on Brigham requires the least amount of backtracking. Choice a directs the officers to turn the wrong way down a one-way street; choice b requires too much backtracking, and choice d leaves the officers on Brigham Boulevard rather than on Linda Lane.
  2. b. This route is the most direct because it requires the fewest turns. Choice a requires the officers to go the wrong way on John Street; choice c disregards that Arroyo Drive is one-way south, and choice d takes the officers too far east.
  3. a. If Officer Riccadelli turns right onto James Avenue, she will be facing north. A left turn onto Linda Lane turns her west again, and a right turn onto Raymond Avenue turns her north. The final right turn onto Brigham Boulevard turns her east.
  4. c. Battery Road and Shore Drive are the eastwest two-way roadways and Raymond Avenue, Spivey Road, Malinda Road, and Vincente are the north-south two-way roadways.
  5. c. The roadways are Brigham Boulevard, Linda Lane, Battery Road, Needle Street, and John Street.
  6. c. You must make a right onto Battery Road, a left onto Vincente, and a left onto Linda Lane. Choice a would have required you to enter Linda Lane the wrong way; choice b does not take into account that the entrance is to the left of the northeast corner of the building; and choice d takes you out of your way.

Words-Only Directional Sample Questions

Now that you have mastered finding your route with maps, here are six words-only directional questions to give you a sense of how the two types of question differ.

  1. Officer Johan is driving south on Columbus Avenue. After making a U-turn and turning left, in what direction will he now be driving?
    1. north
    2. south
    3. east
    4. west
  2. Officers of the Hot Springs Police Department are staking out a paint factory. Officer Walther is north of Officer Smith. Officer Grant is north of Officer Walther. Officer Balbo is located south of Officer Grant. Based on these assignments, which of the following is definitely true?
    1. Officer Walther is the farthest north of the four officers.
    2. Officer Balbo is the farthest south of the four officers.
    3. Officer Smith is south of Officer Grant.
    4. Officer Balbo is south of Officer Walther.
  3. A sergeant who is responding to a police officer's request for a non-emergency meeting is driving north on Kettle Road. At the intersection of Kettle Road and Keely Street, the sergeant turns west on Keely and yields to an ambulance crossing Keely and entering the intersection from the right. The ambulance is heading in what direction?
    1. north
    2. south
    3. east
    4. west

Answer questions 10-12 based on the following paragraph.

    While driving on a two-way north-south road, Officer Silvio is directed by the dispatcher to respond to East Village, which he knows is west of the Bald Mountain, which is east of Officer Silvio's present location. Officer Silvio also knows that the road he is currently on is east of East Village.

  1. If Officer Silvio is driving south and reaches an east-west road that leads to East Village, he should
    1. keep going straight.
    2. turn right.
    3. turn left.
    4. make a U-turn and travel north.
  2. If Officer Silvio is driving north and reaches a two-way east-west road that leads to East Village, he should
    1. keep going straight.
    2. turn right.
    3. turn left.
    4. make a U-turn and travel south.
  3. If Officer Silvio is located south of East Village and Bald Mountain and is driving south when he receives the call, he should
    1. keep going straight.
    2. turn right at the next intersection.
    3. turn left at the next intersection.
    4. make a U-turn and travel north.

Answers

  1. d. When Officer Johan completes the U-turn, he will be heading north; when he makes a lefthand turn, he will be heading west.
  2. c. Officer Smith is south of Officer Grant. Officer Walther cannot be farthest north because Grant is north of Walther. Balbo is south of Grant but may or may not be south of Walther; therefore, Balbo may not be farthest south, nor south of Walther.
  3. b. The sergeant was traveling west, so the ambulance to the right is traveling south.
  4. b. Turning right would be turning west, and East Village is west of the road. Choice a is incorrect because continuing south would not bring him west; choice c is incorrect because turning left would be heading east; choice d is incorrect because traveling north would not bring him west.
  5. c. Turning left is turning west, and East Village is west of the road. Choice a is incorrect because continuing north would not bring him west; choice b is incorrect because turning right would be heading east; choice d is incorrect because traveling south would not bring him west.
  6. d. He must travel north to the east-west road prior to turning west. Choice a is incorrect because continuing south would not bring him west; choice b is incorrect because he would be south of East Village; choice c is incorrect because turning left would be turning east.
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