Sample Test - LAPD Sergeant

Following are 20 multiple-choice questions.

Select the best answer for each question. There is one and only one correct answer for each question.

All questions in this sample test are based on the source material in the official bibliography for the Sergeant's examination. Answer each question based on the Document from which it was taken. Following each question, in bold face, is the source from which the question was taken.

The test preparation workshop for the Sergeant's Examination will consist of four original practice tests. The practice tests will average 100 questions. Three of the tests will be administered in class under realistic test conditions, and one will be a take-home test that will be e-mailed to you.

There is a link to the correct answers at the end of this test.

1. Department personnel seeking one or more specific persons who have been classified or described in part by their race, religion, color, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation or disability may rely in part on the specified identifier or description only:

A. to the extent that there is reasonable suspicion to justify a detention.
B. to the extent that there is probable cause to justify an arrest.
C. in combination with other appropriate identifying factors and many not give the specified identifier undue weight.
D. Any of the above.

PSB, Biased Policing, Nov. 9, 2015; p. 1, para. 1

2. Which of the following statements about reviewing Body Worn Video (BWV) recordings in Categorical Use of Force Incidents is correct?

A. If an officer is involved in a CUOF, an officer shall not review his or her BWV recording until authorized by his or her immediate supervisor.
B. An employee may not have an employee representative present during the review of his or her BWV recordings without the presence of an FID investigator or the employee's immediate supervisor.
C. Officers involved in a CUOF shall keep the BWV device operating while responding to questions from his or her immediate supervisor or the FID investigator.
D. Supervisors shall not review the BWV recordings of subordinates involved in a CUOF without express authorization of FID.

SO 12, 2015; p. 5, XIX; p. 6, XIL (Note)

3. Strategic Goal 2 in the LAPD Strategic Plan 2020 is to Build Community Trust and Collaboration. All of the following are Initiatives planned to accomplish this goal except:

A. Expand Public Trust and Confidence Measures.
B. Become Active Participants/Partners in Community-Based Social Media Outlets.
C. Develop a Community CompStat Approach based on Community Priorities.
D. Continue to Develop Innovative Youth Programs.

LAPD Strategic Plan; pp. 19-22, (Initiatives A, B, C)

4. According Chief Beck's article, the underlying principle of Relationship-Based Policing is that:

A. the police, as an organization and as individuals, want to assist the public in creating safe, healthy communities.
B. the police are of the community, not apart from the community.
C. when the community improves and thrives, the police improve and thrive.
D. success is measured in human terms not metrics.

Police Chief Magazine; p. 3, last para.

5. Supervisors are assigned to assist with a Search Warrant and Protective Services Warrant. If forced entry has been authorized by the court, the supervisor is responsible for:

A. notifying Metropolitan Division and request a SWAT response.
B. ensuring documentary photographs depicting the condition of the residence are taken before and after forced entry.
C. the development of the tactical plan and dissemination of the plan to all officers involved in the operation.
D. preparation of the After-Action report.

Operations Order 1, 2014; p. 2, II, 5th Bullet

6. An adverse employment action taken against an employee for engaging in protected activity is:

A. retaliation.
B. discrimination.
C. harassment.
D. an unfair labor practice.

STP, 4th Qtr., 2015; p. 3, (I)(F)(1)

7. In a study conducted from 2009 through 2014, LAPD had only one Categorical Use of Force incident per ______ law enforcement contacts.

A. 1,000
B. 7,500
C. 11,750
D. 19,000

Risk Management/Harm Reduction; p. 8, para. 2

8. Which of the following TASER deployment methods can be employed from as close as two inches?

A. Probe Mode.
B. Drive Stun/Direct Stun.
C. Three-Point Drive-Stun.
D. All of the above.

UOF Directive 4.4, 2015; p. 4, para. 2

9. In Undercover Operations, an officer or supervisor primarily assigned to obtain intelligence; identify suspects, residences, criminal activity, places of employment; identify co-conspirators and associates; corroborate informant information; identify assets; establish daily patterns; and/or build probable cause for an arrest or search warrant is the ______ officer.

A. Intelligence
B. Support
C. Coordinating
D. Surveillance

UOF Directive 10.2, 2015; p. 4, bottom to p. 5

10. The first priority in the Objectives of Crowd Management is:

A. minimize enforcement action.
B. ensure protection of First Amendment Rights.
C. establish contact with the crowd, especially leaders.
D. establish perimeter control.

EOG 5; p. 17, Bullets

11. The investigation of reports must be used to build the fact pattern, and:

A. document the Investigating Officer's specific training and experience in support of any actions taken by officers.
B. describe and document all evidentiary materials and chain of custody documents collected and created in the course of the investigation.
C. document signed, detailed witness statements.
D. All of the above.

AO 3, 2014, General Reporting; p. 2 (C)

12. Based on the recent case of Hayes vs. the County of San Diego, the Department revised the policy on the reasonableness of the use of deadly force to include consideration not only of the use of force itself, but also:

A. the number of suspects.
B. the location of the encounter with the suspect.
C. an officer's tactical conduct and decisions leading up to the use of force.
D. a 360-degree assessment of circumstances preceding the use of force.

SO 4, 2014; p. 1, (Purpose)

13. The Penal Code identifies two different circumstances when an assembly may be declared unlawful. First is when persons assemble to do an unlawful act. Second is when:

A. innocent, uninvolved bystanders feel threatened.
B. there are injuries to members of the crowd, even if unintentional.
C. persons assemble to do a lawful act in a violent, boisterous, or tumultuous manner.
D. persons assemble without permits.

EOG 5; p. 23, para. 3, 4

14. A supervisor receiving an Investigative Report of a robbery or rape for approval shall do all of the following except:

A. underline in red those details in the body of the report which shall be teletyped.
B. make a determination, based on the circumstances of the case, when the teletype shall be executed.
C. ensure that on IR's of rape, only the victim's description is teletyped, without making reference to the victim's name.
D. cause the report to be delivered to a record clerk for immediate teletyping.

LAPD Manual; 3/204.50

15. Booking advice for adult felony traffic arrests shall be obtained from:

A. an area watch commander.
B. the Watch Commander, Metropolitan Jail Section.
C. a supervisor in the concerned bureau traffic division.
D. any of the above.

LAPD Manual; 4/216.01; Adult Felony Traffic Arrests

16. A Department employee who becomes aware of a crime or incident motivated by hatred shall: investigate the crime or incident in a timely manner; notify the WC, Area of occurrence; complete the appropriate crime or arrest report(s) and check the MOTIVATED BY HATRED/PREJUDICE box; and:

A. notify the community policing station Hate Crime Coordinator.
B. notify the appropriate investigative division.
C. notify the Department Command Post, RACR, for inclusion of the crime or incident in the Chief of Police 24-Hour Occurrence Log and document the notification.
D. request the response of their immediate supervisor.

LAPD Manual; 4/203.25, Employee's Responsibilities

17. In a Non-Categorical Use of Force, an involved supervisor is defined as a supervisor who:

A. provided guidance or direction during the use of force.
B. participated in on-scene pre-planning or directing related to the incident.
C. is the immediate supervisor of the subject officer.
D. A or B.

LAPD Manual; 4/245.10 (Second Note)

18. When a person is arrested without a warrant for the commission of more than one offense, he or she shall be booked on the charge carrying the greatest penalty, or:

A. on the charge for which the evidence is most conclusive.
B. the most recent offense.
C. the offense for which the suspect has confessed, if a signed statement admitting the offense was made.
D. the arrestee shall always be charged with the offense carrying the greatest penalty.

LAPD Manual; 4/604.50

19. The section of the Incident Command System responsible for all tactical operation is:

A. Logistics.
B. Divisions/Groups.
C. Operations.
D. a Task Force.

Media Relations Handbook; p. 25, para. 7

20. Special circumstances may require the transfer of a probationer, as long as the circumstance is not related to:

A. the probationer's work performance.
B. area-wide staffing issues.
C. FTO/Supervisory schedules.
D. FTO completion of the PPOWER or SLC checklist.

Field Training Manual; p. 11, para. 3


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