The Police Officer Suitability Test for Police Officer Exam Study Guide
By now you know that becoming a police officer takes study, effort, and time. You may also have realized for the first time that the process may involve years of your life. This does not mean you will be busy every day being a police applicant, but it does mean that the time you first apply to take a police exam until you are hired by a police department may span anywhere from a few months to a few years. If you have read this far, you probably are willing to put forth the effort required to do well on the exam and wait for this rewarding career.
It might still be a wise idea to get a better idea of whether you and a police career are a good fit. To do this, take the following Police Officer Suitability Test. This is another tool in your arsenal to help you decide whether you want to invest the effort and time it will take you to pursue a career in policing. While it might appear to be the career of your dreams, possibly the job is not really for you. Maybe something else would better fit your personality and your abilities. It is better to find this out sooner rather than later.
Remember that there is no such thing as a police personality—there is not only one type of person who makes a good police officer. Despite that, it is equally true that there are some people who are not the best fit with the job. Cops are not all alike; just like some are men and some are women, some are short and some are tall, their personalities can be as different as their demographics and their sizes.
Despite all the possible differences, there do seem to be some abilities and personalities that fit policing better than others and that seem to predict who will be successful and satisfied in this varied career. Remember that these personality traits are not related to your intelligence or dedication; they are more likely to indicate more about what you like to do and how you interact with the world around you.
These suitability factors were developed from the large body of research about police and from discussions with police psychologists and applicant screeners across the country. The factors fall into five groupings; each has ten questions spaced throughout the test.
The LearningExpress Police Officer Suitability Test is not a formal psychological test. For one thing, it is not nearly long enough. The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) test used in most psychological assessments has 11 times more items than you will find in this test. For another, it does not focus on your general mental health.
You should view this test as an informal guide to help you decide whether being a police officer is a job you would enjoy and that would suit you. If it turns out you decide against pursuing a career in law enforcement, this test may provide you with the chance to understand yourself better and to lead you to a career that is more in keeping with your personality. Either way, you have gained self-knowledge.
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