Police Officer Interview Questions in United States

Police Officer Interview Questions in United States

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 how to answer them.

Question #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, about your commitment to public safety, and maybe share a personal story that piqued your interest in law enforcement.

Question #2: How would you deal with unprofessional or immoral behavior at work?

How to answer: Dealing with unprofessional behavior 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, protect citizens from law enforcement unprofessional behavior, and follow police training and agency standards.

Question #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 keep 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.

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Dallas Police Department-Texas
Police Officer was asked...May 25, 2016

You show up to a burglary call, your partner gets shot and falls to the ground while the burglar runs away. What do you do?

2 Answers

I would attend to my partner that has been shot. Once I have attended to my partner that has been shot, depending on how bad the situation is and If he needs medical attention. I would call it in as an officer down, suspect on the run, and I would try to give a brief description of the suspect so my fellow officers could apprehend the suspect. Less

The answers i provided were scrutinized while the interviewers yelled at me and criticized my decisions. Eventually I said that I am not familiar with the policies and procedures but I am trainable and then I would be confident that I can take the appropriate action. Less

Northeast State Technical Community College

What knowledge did I have about the Clery Act?

2 Answers

I had no experience with the Clery Act and did not know how it affected law enforcement on a college campus. Less

The Clery Act applies to college campuses in regards to crimes that are associated with the college, regardless if they were on, next, or off campus. It requires colleges to distribute and educate people about crime on campus each year as a measure of prevention. Less

City of Chico

What is the role of computers in law enforcement reports?

1 Answers

The shift of submitting handwritten reports to using computers has eliminated the confusion due to incorrect spelling, grammar, and illegible handwriting. It makes it easier to make changes to the report after it has been completed and overall, improve the quality of the product. Less

Admiral Security

Name three things you consider as great customer service.

5 Answers



Quick thinking

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Metropolitan Police Service

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

5 Answers

Report it!

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

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

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

5 Answers

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.

3 Answers

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

US Department of Veterans Affairs

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

3 Answers

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.

3 Answers

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?

3 Answers


Hard worker


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