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Top 30 Law Enforcement Interview Questions

Why did you choose a career as a police officer?
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Question 2 of 34
We conduct early-stage criminal background checks, credit checks, and drug tests on all of our candidates. Is there anything you would like to disclose at this time?
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"I am happy to comply with any background check required. My record is clean and I have a strong credit history. I do not participate in drug use, either. You can be assured that if you hire me for this role, I will maintain a clean record."
For obvious reasons, law enforcement agencies need to be very cautious on who they hire. There is a chance that much of the information you are going to access could be confidential and dangerous if put into the wrong hands. You will be working with the public, and with vulnerable individuals. Assure the interviewer that you are most willing to comply with any form of background check they require.
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Question 3 of 34
Have you ever taken or sold illegal drugs?
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"I have never been involved with drugs, in any way. I was raised to always take care of myself and to never mess around with drugs."
For obvious reasons, you must have a clean drug history before you can work in law enforcement. Your answer should be kept very simple, and 100% honest. If you have never had involvement with drugs: "I have never been involved with drugs, in any way. I was raised to always take care of myself and to never mess around with drugs." If you have taken or sold illegal drugs in the past: "I hung out with the wrong crowd for a brief time in my teen years and was pressured into trying cocaine when I was 19. I didn't actually like it and have stayed away from drugs since then."
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Question 4 of 34
You must be physically fit to be a police officer. What have you done to physically train yourself for this position?
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"I am fully prepared to complete the fit test. I am in great physical shape. To train myself for a career as a police officer I have attended CrossFit 5 times per week for the last 12 months. I also run 6 to 15 miles every week."
The interviewer would like to know that you are capable of meeting the physical demands required for this position. Generally, a fit test will be administered; however, this is an opportunity for you to disclose any concerns you may have regarding the fitness portion of the role.
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Question 5 of 34
Are you actively applying to other law enforcement agencies?
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How often do you lose your temper? Do you consider yourself to have a short fuse?
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How do you get along with others, on the force?
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Question 8 of 34
It is important for law enforcement to be an active part of the community. How are you currently involved in your community?
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Question 9 of 34
Do you see yourself a leader? When have you led a team?
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Question 10 of 34
What are you reading right now?
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Question 11 of 34
What part of this career brings you the most stress?
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Question 12 of 34
Law enforcement is ever-changing. We seek to hire individuals with a keen interest in this industry. How do you stay up to date on law enforcement related current events?
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Question 13 of 34
How would you rate your performance in this interview so far?
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Question 14 of 34
Do you think it is possible to be a good law enforcement officer, yet disagree with your Captain or Chief at times?
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Question 15 of 34
What motivates you?
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Question 16 of 34
How do you handle stress on the job?
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Question 17 of 34
Tell me about a time when you led a team. What was your biggest success factor?
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Question 18 of 34
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
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Question 19 of 34
Why should we hire you?
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Question 20 of 34
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 21 of 34
Tell me your favorite, and least favorite, aspects of your current or most recent position.
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Question 22 of 34
When have you had to shift your priorities in response to sudden changes?
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Question 23 of 34
There are numerous career avenues you can take within law enforcement. Which career path interests you the most?
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Question 24 of 34
Whether you were caught or not, have you ever committed a crime?
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Question 25 of 34
What are your career goals, within law enforcement, in the next 3 years?
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Question 26 of 34
Are you accustomed to working within a diverse community?
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Question 27 of 34
Competition is stiff for this position. Why are you the best candidate for us?
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Question 28 of 34
From your personal understanding, under what circumstances is the use of deadly forced justified?
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Question 29 of 34
Tell me something about yourself that I would not know from reading your resume.
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Question 30 of 34
Tell me about your post-secondary education and how it relates to a career in law enforcement.
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Question 31 of 34
Have you ever been involved in a motor vehicle accident that was your fault? How clean is your driving record?
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Question 32 of 34
What would you do if a civilian called you a racial slur or other derogatory term?
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Question 33 of 34
Tell me about your greatest accomplishment in law enforcement
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Are you applying for any other jobs?
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Question 1 of 34
Why did you choose a career as a police officer?
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Ask him for more and then bust him for attempted corruption.
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I have had a great respect for law enforcement and the challenges that are faced on a daily basis. I realized as a young person that I wanted to help make a difference in the lives of people, protect those who needed protection, and fight crime.
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To protect and inform the community I live in.
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I chose to protect and serve because the environment changes on a daily basis. Each day brings a new prospective on how you can approach and solve issues with residents and co-workers. With that side you are gaining experience and knowledge make you a better person.
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I chose this field because the environment changes on a daily basis. You are able to learn from each day... This intern helps you in communicating with the residents.
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As I was growing up I always admired law enforcement. On how they make a difference in a indi. And a community.
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I chose to protect and serve, because its such a rewarding career being able to help others.
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I think there are many reasons why I chose to protect and serve but I think the most important reason would be to help protect the people who are unable to protect themselves.
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When I was a young boy, a man who was strung out on meth broke through our front door, brandishing a knife. My mom called the police while my dad tried to keep the intruder calm. The police arrived immediately and took control of the whole situation. I was totally amazed at their ability to diffuse the situation and to keep us safe. I was inspired at that moment to become a law enforcement officer.
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I am a naturally protective person towards my family and friends. If I get the chance to bring my protective nature to not just my loved ones but to the wider audience of others in need, then I will not stop at gaining that opportunity.
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Because that is what I always wanted to do. Help others in need.
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Because I care about the people in my community and the need for supervision of felons is important.
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That S something I'm passionate about and I don't like people taking advantage of others.
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To be a part of an important and integral part of modern society. Without law enforcement, society could and would devolve into chaos. I view as a very necessary system and it's a system I value and want to be a part of.
Question 2 of 34
We conduct early-stage criminal background checks, credit checks, and drug tests on all of our candidates. Is there anything you would like to disclose at this time?
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I have no military service. However, I did do assignment for the military, and government with communications, and detonators. I also worked with Navy intelligence in California protecting our shore lines against enemy invasion.
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I served four years active duty in the US Navy. While Serving I was stationed in Pensacola, Florida for my Non-Affiliated training; Airman Apprenticeship Training. After ding so, I served the remaining of my four year obligation aboard the USS Kitty Hawk in Yokosuka, Japan.
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I have no military experience.
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I have no military experience.
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I have no military back ground.
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I do not have military experience.
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What experience do you have dealing with academic scholars.
Question 3 of 34
Have you ever taken or sold illegal drugs?
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No, I have not, but I have been around friends who have. I try to live a clean and healthy life. I am a runner and also an asthmatic, so it is important not to inhale smoke of any kind into my lungs.
Question 4 of 34
You must be physically fit to be a police officer. What have you done to physically train yourself for this position?
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For a short period of time I was a reserve officer which gave me some experience in law enforcement and the taste of being an officer.
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I have studied practice questions from the Public Safety Training website and I have also been running every other day to prepare for the physical aspects of the position.
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I prepared myself with different secerios I will be facinf.
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Maintain integrity personally and professionally, practive and train martial arts as well as stay in good physical shape.
Question 5 of 34
Are you actively applying to other law enforcement agencies?
Question 6 of 34
How often do you lose your temper? Do you consider yourself to have a short fuse?
Question 7 of 34
How do you get along with others, on the force?
User-Submitted Answers
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While in the Navy I Japan I was a Sentry Guard that was required to keep my qualification to fire a 9mm pistol and 12 gauge shotgun.
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I am a energyic indiv. I am easy to work and im a quick polblem se.
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Ba degree in 2005, long professional work experience, strong interpersonal skills and integrity.
Question 8 of 34
It is important for law enforcement to be an active part of the community. How are you currently involved in your community?
Question 9 of 34
Do you see yourself a leader? When have you led a team?
Question 10 of 34
What are you reading right now?
Question 11 of 34
What part of this career brings you the most stress?
Question 12 of 34
Law enforcement is ever-changing. We seek to hire individuals with a keen interest in this industry. How do you stay up to date on law enforcement related current events?
Question 13 of 34
How would you rate your performance in this interview so far?
Question 14 of 34
Do you think it is possible to be a good law enforcement officer, yet disagree with your Captain or Chief at times?
Question 15 of 34
What motivates you?
Question 16 of 34
How do you handle stress on the job?
Question 17 of 34
Tell me about a time when you led a team. What was your biggest success factor?
Question 18 of 34
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
Question 19 of 34
Why should we hire you?
Question 20 of 34
What are your salary expectations?
Question 21 of 34
Tell me your favorite, and least favorite, aspects of your current or most recent position.
Question 22 of 34
When have you had to shift your priorities in response to sudden changes?
Question 23 of 34
There are numerous career avenues you can take within law enforcement. Which career path interests you the most?
Question 24 of 34
Whether you were caught or not, have you ever committed a crime?
Question 25 of 34
What are your career goals, within law enforcement, in the next 3 years?
Question 26 of 34
Are you accustomed to working within a diverse community?
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I have lived overseas many years.
Question 27 of 34
Competition is stiff for this position. Why are you the best candidate for us?
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The actions I would take would be to call up officers for back up and give the officers the information of the speeding car and were it's located at. As for myself, I would take action in the robbery and call for back up as well.
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I would weigh the priority of the two crimes, so in this case I would most likely pursue the robbery as I believe a robbery would take priority over a speeding car.
Question 28 of 34
From your personal understanding, under what circumstances is the use of deadly forced justified?
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When all other non-lethal options have been used and you are faced with a lethal threat or someone else is facing a lethal threat.
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When you think that your life and the life of others are endanger and you have no other means to de escalate the situation.
Question 29 of 34
Tell me something about yourself that I would not know from reading your resume.
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I am some what of a perfectionist.
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Not always satified.
Question 30 of 34
Tell me about your post-secondary education and how it relates to a career in law enforcement.
Question 31 of 34
Have you ever been involved in a motor vehicle accident that was your fault? How clean is your driving record?
Question 32 of 34
What would you do if a civilian called you a racial slur or other derogatory term?
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Radio in the accident and continue transporting the prisoner.
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Make sure to maintain custody of your prisoner before attempting to assist in the accident. If not feasible, continue to transport the prisoner without stopping.
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Call for a response vehicle and wait for backup to come. While doing so my partner or I would watch the prisoner to ensure that he did not run or try anything to get away.
Question 33 of 34
Tell me about your greatest accomplishment in law enforcement
Question 34 of 34
Are you applying for any other jobs?

About Law Enforcement

October 9th, 2017

Law enforcement agents are committed to upholding the law within a particular jurisdiction. They remain focused on protecting life and property. Police officers, detectives, and patrol officers are all law enforcement agents. This is a high-stress job that requires a staunch commitment to the cause.
The minimum requirement is a high school diploma or GED. Depending on the role, completion of postsecondary coursework may be required. When hiring law enforcement agents, applicants' physical and mental characteristics are given more importance rather than their educational qualifications. To be eligible to apply for a law enforcement agent job, applicants must meet age and citizen requirements, have a clean background with no convictions and pass rigorous health and fitness exams. Job confirmation is subject to successfully completing the relevant law enforcement agency training programs.
Expect to undergo a rigorous interview. The interviewing panel will vet you thoroughly, asking you challenging questions to determine your commitment, dedication, and suitability for the relevant position. To get the job, your answers must convince the interviewers that you have what it takes to be a law enforcement agent they would be proud of. The best way to prepare for your upcoming interview is to go to Mock Questions and give careful thought to the questions you see listed there. This will help you answer all interview questions more confidently and convincingly.

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