DPD Sergeant-2017
Sample Test

Following are 20 multiple-choice questions. Select the best answer for each question. There is one and only one correct answer for each question.

Each question of this sample test is based on one of the documents in the Official Reading List for the Sergeant's examination. Answer each question based on the text or document from which it was taken. Following each question, in bold face, is the page and paragraph or section from which the question was taken.

The test preparation workshop for the Sergeant's Examination will consist of four original practice tests averaging 100 questions. Two of the tests will be administered in class under realistic test conditions and two tests will be given via the Internet.

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

Questions 1-12 are taken from Brown, Policing in the 21st Century- Community Policing, and are to be answered in accordance with this text.

1. In the 1981 Domestic Violence Experiment, it was discovered that the most effective means of addressing domestic violence was:

A. respond, quiet things down and leave.
B. attempt to assist by mediating the underlying cause of the dispute.
C. treat the violence like any other crime, and if evidence of a violation was present, make an arrest.
D. attempt to mediate the dispute, and if unsuccessful, remove one party from the scene and make an arrest, if justified.

p. 75, para. 2

2. Which of the following best describes the legal principle established in Terry v. Ohio?

A. Police officers have greater authority to make a seizure and conduct a search when they have reasonable belief that their safety or the safety of others is at risk.
B. The use of deadly force to prevent the escape of all felony suspects, whatever the circumstances, is constitutionally unreasonable.
C. All criminal defendants, according to constitutional guarantees of due process, have a right to be represented by counsel.
D. Sates are required, by reason of the due process clause of the 14th Amendment, to exclude from state conducted trials evidence seized in violation of the US Constitution.

p. 95; para. 5

3. Which of the following is not one of the Six Principles of Community Policing?

A. Community Policing is a proactive rather than reactive response to community problems.
B. Community Policing relies on bottom-up and not top down policy development.
C. Community Policing is based on a set of values.
D. Community Policing involves sharing power with people.

pp. 158-163; Principles 1, 3, 6

4. The three phases of Community Policing are: The Program Phase; Developing a Dominant Style; and:

A. Implementation.
B. Modification.
C. Transformation.
D. Institutionalization.

p. 168; para. 2

5. Under Community Policing, the role of supervisors will change. Supervisors must:

A. allow the officers under their command to be risk takers and facilitators.
B. become true advocates for the officers under their command.
C. divide their loyalty between the officers under their command, the agency's managers, and community members and organizations.
D. adopt problem solving as a primary responsibility along with leading and coaching.

p. 226; para. 3

6. The most important criterion in evaluating the effectiveness of Community Policing may be:

A. crime reduction.
B. community support of the police.
C. improvement in quality of life.
D. improved morale among rank and file police officers.

p. 254; last para.

7. Leadership in a police organization is the process of influencing human behavior to achieve organizational goals that serve the public, while:

A. exercising managerial direction and control.
B. developing and nurturing internal and external relationships.
C. developing individuals, teams, and the organization for future service.
D. fostering change, enhancing communication, and resolving conflict.

p. 281; Box

8. The most important characteristic of a police leader is:

A. compassion.
B. self-awareness.
C. inspiration.
D. ethics.

p. 300; para. 3

9. Increasingly jurisdictions are adopting the hybrid system for handling complaints against the police. Under this system:

A. the police and the community partner in determining the disposition of complaints and appropriate penalties for violations.
B. an independent monitor or ombudsman functions as a liaison between the police and a civilian review board.
C. police investigators ensure community input in the investigation process by bringing in community members to represent the community's interests.
D. the police department conducts its own internal investigations and the results are reviewed by the civilian review board.

p. 338; para. 6

10. Offender drug use is involved in more than ______ percent of all violent crime.

A. 33
B. 50
C. 70
D. 80

p. 390; para. 3

11. In his discussion on the use of deadly force, Brown states that it is imperative that the police are responsive and responsible to civilian control. The policy regarding when the police are allowed to use deadly force is a matter of high public concern. For that reason:

A. all uses of deadly force must be reviewed and adjudicated, with respect to policy, by a civilian review board.
B. investigations into the use of deadly force must be carried out by an entity that is independent of the police or prosecutor's office in the involved jurisdiction.
C. the public should have input into the policy decisions regarding the use of deadly force.
D. police management must adopt a policy of immediate and full disclosure of all aspects of investigations into the use of deadly force.

p. 357; paras. 3, 4

12. The police can move beyond their current state of affairs with respect to racial profiling by adhering to the principles of policing in a democratic society: Equal enforcement of the law; Value for human life; and:

A. Accountability.
B. Integrity beyond reproach.
C. Respect for others.
D. All of the above.

p. 439; para. 1

Questions 13-20 are taken from the official documents in the DPD Study Packet and are to be answered in accordance with these documents.

13. In conjunction with the Decision Making Model, personnel will continually make specific assessments with respect to actions being Legal, Necessary, Reasonable, Appropriate, and Proportional. Proportional refers to:

A. Is the action a reasonable use of discretion?
B. Is the intended action suitable or proper in the circumstances?
C. Is the intended action fair and sensible?
D. Is the intended outcome commensurate or equitable, to the reason for the action?

101.01, Decision Making Model; p. 44, Proportional

14. The practice of de-escalation is intended to help department personnel be more effective and safe; to increase the quality of service and community satisfaction; and:

A. reduce liability.
B. maintain order.
C. deter criminal behavior.
D. resolve conflict.

101.02l De-Escalation; p. 46, #1, para. 1

15. If the officer is involved in (or is witness to) a critical incident, such as a police shooting, an in-custody injury resulting in death, or other critical incident as defined in the Operations Manual, the officer is authorized to view their BWC recording only after:

A. the incident has been stabilized.
B. the officer has been interviewed by his or immediate supervisor and their statement has been recorded.
C. the approval of the commander of the Major Crimes Division (or designee).
D. the approval of the officer's commanding officer - if the commanding officer has viewed the BWC recording.

119.04, Body Worn Camera Technology; p. 79, (4)(e)(2)

16. When taking police actions, under what circumstances may officers take into account a specific suspect's reported characteristics, traits, attributes, or statuses, such as race, ethnicity, national origin gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation?

A. Under no circumstances.
B. In the same way they would use specific information regarding age, height, weight, etc. about specific suspects.
C. When a trend, pattern or modus operandi establishes reasonable suspicion or probable cause.
D. To the extent that the officer objectively believes the characteristics, traits, attributes or statuses are determining factors.

118.02, Biased Policing; p. 73, (3)(b)

17. All of the following are responsibilities of the Managing Supervisor of a pursuit except:

A. direct the investigation of any pursuit-related accident.
B. determine if a traffic accident resulting from the pursuit has occurred at any point along the route of the pursuit.
C. respond to the scene of termination or discontinuance of all pursuits, whether or not a suspect has been apprehended.
D. immediately coordinate efforts to follow up any investigative leads in those instances where a suspect has escaped apprehension.

204.01, Pursuits; p. 95, (3)(g)(9)(10)(11)

18. The Traffic Investigations Unit shall be notified to respond to DPD involved accidents when:

A. there are any complaints of injury.
B. there is disabling damage to any vehicle involved in the accident.
C. the supervisor has probable cause to believe the employee is under the influence.
D. the police unit was running Code 10.

Training Bulletin, Non-Injury Police Car Accidents; p. 203, 4th Bullet

19. When handling a minor misconduct complaint, if the investigation cannot be completed during the current tour of duty, the supervisor will contact IAD for a case number, and:

A. forward all documentation to IAD upon completion of the investigation.
B. request IAD conduct the investigation.
C. request IAD approve an extension, not to exceed five days, to complete the investigation.
D. request advice from an IAD supervisor as to whether the investigation should be conducted by the supervisor or IAD.

503.01, Complaint and Discipline Procedures; p. 154, (6)(a)(4)

20. Appropriate Intervention Strategies in the Personnel Assessment System include all of the following except:

A. referral to an appropriate employee support system.
B. setting statistical benchmarks and parameters with which to measure the subject officer's future performance in the areas of concern.
C. non-disciplinary coaching or direction by the officer's supervisor, including a monitoring program or follow-up plan.
D. provide direct supervisory observation by assigning a corporal or sergeant to accompany, or "shadow" the subject officer.

503.04, Personnel Assessment System; pp. 175-176, (5)(a)(c)(g)

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