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# Deductive and Inductive Reasoning Study Guide for McGraw-Hill's Police Officer Exam (page 2)

By McGraw-Hill Professional
Updated on Mar 16, 2011

### Information Ordering

This ability area requires you to apply rules to a factual situation in order to determine the correct or best order to resolve that situation.

Example Upon arrival at the scene of a building with an activated burglar alarm, the officer should:

• Note any open doors or windows and note whether the rooftop would be a possible point of exit. Maintain radio connection to dispatch.
• Note any people visible in the area and any suspicious behavior. But do not disregard individuals acting in a non-suspicious manner.
• When all evidence suggests that the burglar(s) are still at the scene, a determination should be made as to whether civilians are in danger. If the burglars are visible, dispatch should be provided with a physical description. If no civilians appear to be in danger, the officer should plan a strategy to block any escape, including disabling an apparent getaway vehicle.
• Wait for back-up before entering any structure unless a civilian is clearly in danger and you have a real opportunity to assist without unnecessary danger to yourself or others at the scene. It is preferable for the burglar to exit the building and leave rather than for the officer to enter an occupied building and possibly create a hostage situation.
• While waiting for back-up, place yourself in a position that provides you the greatest possible view of the interior and exterior of the building, and any possible points of entrance or exit.

Officer Lutz arrives at the scene of a building with an activated burglar alarm. She can clearly see through the front windows of the building that two individuals are removing money from a damaged cash register. What should Officer Lutz do next?

(A) Fire her service weapon through the front of the building at the suspects.

(B) Plan a strategy for blocking an escape.

(C) Enter the structure with her service revolver drawn.

(D) Approach the front of the building and call out to the suspects to surrender.

The answer is B according to the procedures set forth above. Officer Lutz discovered two suspects in the building that she could watch without entering the building. No civilians appeared to be in immediate danger.