Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Hiring Process

If you want to become a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer and want some good police interview tips, then you’ve come to the right website. The impression you make during the initial oral board interview will likely determine if you get hired or not. Things like courtesy, alertness, and self confidence are very important during  the CMPD interview process.

You Conduct During the Interview

Your overall body language, promptness, and general knowledge of police work  are extremely important. I encourage you to speak in a self assured tone of voice, smile occasionally, look the raters in the eye as you listen and speak. Sit relaxed in a natural posture, don’t arch your back or sit ramrod straight.

Work history Questions

The panel will likely review your application just prior to the time you enter the interview room. Remember the overall accuracy of your application is reflective of you.

You should expect questions concerning your work history and experience kind of like this…

  • Will you tell the panel how your work experience, training and/or volunteer work has helped you prepare for this line of work?
  • What training and/or work experience has best prepared you for a career in law enforcement and, why?

Responding to questions about your work experience

In responding to the questions above, you may reach back  to your previous or current job experience (military experience is okay) to answer the question. Experiences in the educational level or training situations are good, volunteer work experiences are even better, and also experiences in the day to day life.

Be Clear, and Concise

Be prepared to articulate what you have learned from your experiences, good and bad. Try to stay clear of short “yes” or “no” answers whenever possible. Expand on your answers by giving more information, which is often helpful in showing how you qualify for the position.

Avoid rambling

It is also important to know when to stop answering a question. You should avoid saying the same thing over and over, rambling, or giving volunteering information that is unrelated to the question. Be concise, accurate and to the point.

If you don’t understand a particular question, ask the panel to repeat the question. If you’re describing your best qualities, give solid examples and describe how these qualities have helped you and benefited your past employers.

Police Officer Written Exam Sample Test Questions

The police written test will vary throughout the country. Some police agencies rent the written test from companies like Stanard & Associates who specialize in the police entrance test, while other agencies have written tests provided to them by state run organizations such as POST (Peace Officer Standards & Training). Still, countless municipalities with smaller budgets write their own.

In the days and weeks prior to taking the written test, it is imperative to study. This is one phase of the process you will have the opportunity to prepare, so don’t cut yourself short. A little preparation will help you excel over your competition.

In this article, I have attached a sample  test question to help you prepare for the police officer exam. Use good common sense in the simulated event below to come up with the right answer.

Police Officer Written Exam Sample Test Question:

1. While on routine patrol, Officer Smith was radioed about a robbery that just took place at the downtown fair. The suspect’s description was said to be a white male, long dark hair, brown eyes, and wearing a navy blue wind-breaker jacket. The suspect was also said to have a thick dark mustache, and walks with a slight limp. six hours later, Officer Smith spots  4 white males matching the description, but he is not sure which of the four committed the robbery.

Which tip would you consider to be more helpful in identifying the suspect.

A. The suspect was said to have dark hair.

B. The suspect walked with a limp.

C. The suspect was described as wearing a navy blue wind-breaker jacket.

D. The suspect has a thick mustache.

The correct answer to this question would be B. Someone who limps is not a sight you see often, and is an unusual feature. So if the suspect was identifed as having a limp, this characteristic would be the most helpful tip in identifying the suspect.

The other answers just don’t measure up as far as being the most important information in identifying the suspect. For example, the suspect could shave his mustache, cut his hair, or change clothes.

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Police Exam Strategies – Practice Questions For Cops

Police Exam Strategies: Handling Police Rules and Procedures Questions

How to answer questions based on police rules and procedures.

Police department rules and procedures are intended to insure officers make correct decisions in a variety of situations. These questions start by stating a set of rules and then ask the candidate to apply those rules to specific case situations.

Most rule and procedure interpretation questions are basically reading comprehension type questions. You read the rule or procedure and use logic to apply the rule to the situation.      Strategies PAY attention to the order in which the steps are taken. In general, rules and procedures require officers to follow a definite sequence of steps. Make sure your answers reflect this set order.

Example: Rule 5:1

When responding to traffic accidents, the officer shall in the following order: check for injuries, provide first-aid if needed, call for an ambulance if needed, check for medical alert emblems, request additional squads for traffic control if needed, divert traffic, locate witnesses, record information in a memorandum book, conduct an investigation, file a report.

When a rule states a specific order such as this, it should be followed in the exact sequence.

PAY attention to when the rule is in effect. Certain rules apply to certain periods of time and situations. Make sure your answers reflect the correct time and situation.

Example, Rule 7

An officer may wear a short-sleeved uniform shirt from April 1st until November 1st; from Nov.1st to April 1, the officer must wear a long-sleeved uniform shirt.

PAY CLOSE attention to rule exceptions. When answering questions about rules and procedures, pay close attention to when rules include words like except, only, if, etc. These are rule exceptions. Underline these keywords when reading the given information.

Example: Rule 31:

Officers may not leave their assigned areas EXCEPT in emergencies or when ordered to do so by a supervisor.

PAY attention to completeness. Make sure all aspects of the rule are followed, not just part of the rule.

Example: Rule 72:

An officer shall be punctual in attendance. Officers shall check in with a supervisor who will mark him/her present for duty.

Notice there are two parts to this rule. When answering a question about being punctual for work you would also need to consider the part of the rule that includes checking in with a supervisor.  Interpreting Rules and Procedures

Sample Questions

Use the following information to answer the question below:

Traffic accidents are classified in the following categories:

1. One-vehicle accident with no injuries.

2. Two or more vehicle accidents with no injuries.

3. One or more vehicle accidents with injuries that are not life threatening.

4. One or more vehicle accidents with injuries that are life threatening.

Officer Allen responds to an accident at N. 20th Street and W. Logan. Upon arrival, Officer Allen is informed by a witness that a Ford traveling south on 20th Street struck a boy on a bicycle at the intersection of 20th and Logan. Officer Allen observes a boy standing by a bike. He appears to have only minor injuries.

Based on the given information what category accident is this?

A. 1

B. 2

C. 3

D. 4

The correct answer is the C (3): a one or more vehicle accident with injuries that are not life-threatening. The easiest way to answer this question would be by the process of elimination. Eliminate the bad choices that don’t pertain to the given situation.

Police officers are to call for a supervisor in the following situations:

Whenever force is necessary in making an arrest. Whenever a shooting occurs.    All assignments where the suspect is armed.    All traffic accidents involving life-threatening injuries.    All accidents involving department vehicles. Based on the above information, a supervisor should be called to the following assignments, EXCEPT:

A. armed robbery in progress.

B. burglary in progress.

C. traffic accident involving a car and a bicycle where the bicyclist has head injuries.

D. arrest of a burglary suspect who resisted and was pepper-sprayed.

The correct answer is B.

B the only situation where a supervisor would not be called. Using the process of elimination, A can be eliminated because it involves an armed suspect. C can be eliminated because it includes life-threatening injuries. D can be eliminated because it involves the use of force.


Officer Burton is about to begin her patrol shift when she discovers that her police vehicle has a large dent in the left rear bumper. She knows that the vehicle did not have this dent yesterday, when she last drove it.


According to the above rule, Officer Burton should most properly:

A. request that she be assigned a different vehicle.

B. begin her shift and be alert to any operating problems.

C. find out what other officers used the vehicle since her last shift.

D. inform her supervisor about the dented bumper.

The answer is D.


The situation states that Officer Burton has discovered a dent in the bumper of her patrol vehicle that did not exist when she last used it. The question asks what she should do about it. To answer the question, evaluate all of the choices.

Choice D states that the officer should inform her supervisor about the damaged bumper. This is in conformance to the rule that states that the officer should report any damaged or missing parts to her supervisor. Choice D is therefore the correct answer.  General Police Department Rules and Regulations

If you have a chance to familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations of the department where you’re testing, you’ll gain a tremendous edge. Most likely this is not going to happen. Although public record, most departments like to keep this information confidential. But we have the next best thing:

Here are general rules and regulations that are listed on one department’s police entrance exam. (Many police departments have similar standard operating procedures.)

Patrol Area

Officers shall not leave their assigned area unless directly ordered by their supervisors, are sent to another area by the dispatcher or for other emergencies.


Officers shall be punctual in reporting for duty at the time designated by the Department.

Contact With The Public

Officers shall be courteous and civil when dealing with the public. Any conduct to the contrary shall not be tolerated.

Traffic Enforcement

All members of the Department are responsible for the enforcement of traffic laws regardless of their duty assignment.


Officers shall promptly obey any lawful orders given by any officer of higher rank.


Officers shall not seek free admission for themselves or others to theaters of other places of amusements. Officers shall not receive money, gifts, gratuities, rewards or compensation for police services rendered.


Officers shall treat the official business of the Department as confidential.


Officers shall give all proper information to persons requesting it in a careful, courteous and accurate manner. Officers shall give their names and badge number in a respectful manner to any person who may request the information.

Department Property

Officers shall be responsible for the good care of all property assigned to them and shall report to their commanding officer any loss, damage to or unserviceable condition of such property.


Officers shall be in complete uniform when on duty. No mixture of civilian and uniform clothing shall be permitted in public, or off-duty.

False Information

No Officer shall complete any report using false and inaccurate information.

Substance Use

Officers shall not consume any intoxicating liquors while on duty.


Officers shall investigate all cases of injury to persons or damage to property to any public place which may come to their attention.


No member shall speak on behalf of the Department unless authorized to do so by the Chief Of Police.


Don Cirillo a 25 year veteran of law enforcement has helped many law enforcement candidates score high on their Police Exam. You can learn how you can get better scores on your police exam and become a police officer at ( It includes test questions, interview strategies, and much more — everything you need to get the job! Reach Don at



Houston police department exam

The Houston police department is the largest police department in all of Texas. It’s also one of the hardest agencies to get hired on as a police officer. Nevertheless, being a police officer for HPD is a very rewarding career.

The great thing about HPD is they offer fantastic benefits like an awesome  entry level salary, career advancement opportunities, and endless overtime opportunities. The one aspect of the department that almost always seems to be a hurdle for potential recruits is the HPD police entrance exam.

Houston police department uses the National Police Selection Test standards as their primary screening tool to identify quality candidates. The Police Officer Selection Test (also known as the POST test) is an entry-level basic skills test that helps law enforcement agencies like HPD to select the most qualified applicants. The examination has eight main categories that are used to measure your ability to perform the duties of a police officer and they are as follows:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Directional Orientation
  • Basic Mathematics
  • Vocabulary
  • Spelling
  • Grammar
  • Report Writing Skills
  • Memory Recognition

The best way to get prepared for the Houston Police Officer examination is to get yourself a good Police Exam Study Guide that covers the eight main categories mentioned above. The best way to get a study guide that mirrors the Houston Police Officer test is through your recruiter. Big agencies like HPD should have some sort of  test preparation system that allows prospects to study for the exam.

In the event they don’t have a study guide for candidates, I suggest going to the bookstore and buying one. If you are lazy like me, you can download one immediately at any police exam website site.

Sample police exam

The police written exam is the first hurdle you’ll face in your pursuit of becoming a police officer. This is true for just about any law enforcement agency in the country.  The purpose of the pre-employment exam is to identify good applicants and dismissing those who aren’t as qualified. The police exam  typically has around eight different components.

Let’s look at some situational questions below. Read the questions carefully and use sound judgement and common sense to come up with the right answer.

Sample Situational questions #1:

1.You and your backup simultaneously arrive at a house where a domestic violence incident is reported to be occurring. As you approach the house you hear a woman and child scream and a man yelling, “I’ll teach you!” Your backup officer is visibly nervous and says, “We should call a supervisor.” How would you handle this situation?

A. Ask the dispatcher for a call history on the house.

B. Forcibly enter the house and contact a supervisor after the situation is under control.

C. Tell your backup to calm down and knock on the door.

D. Call your supervisor to request permission to enter the home immediately.



Explanation For Scenario question# 1 – MOST Appropriate Response:

The answer to to question #1 is B. As a police officer if you have solid evidence that one’s life is in IMMEDIATE danger (which is the case here), you can make entry inside some one’s home. Since you’ve over heard both  a female and child scream, and then a male yelling “I’ll teach you” you have enough probable cause to kick in the door.

Explanation For Scenario Question # 1 – LEAST Appropriate Response:

The answer to question #1 is A. There’s no need to waste anymore time calling dispatch. There exist enough probably cause to believe that someone is in immediate danger. The only course of action is to make entry inside the house.

Sample situational question #2:

You and your partner respond to a combative male. The suspect spits on your partner after he is handcuffed. Your partner punches the suspect while in custody. How would you handle this situation?

A. Don’t question your partner but report the incident to his supervisor.

B. Don’t tell anyone; just keep the incident to yourself.

C. Tell your partner that his behavior was inappropriate and that if he reacts this way
again that you will report his behavior to his supervisor.

D. Tell the officer that his behavior was inappropriate and that he needs to tell his
supervisor or else you will.



Explanation For Scenario question# 2 – MOST Appropriate Response:

The answer to question #2 is D. This officer’s actions is unprofessional , and should be reported. You should always put the department’s policy ahead of co-worker friendship. If you don’t report the incident, someone could have seen the incident or worst it could have been captured on video by a passerby. Trust me that is very possible. So the best thing is to report the incident and allow the folks over you to handle the situation.

Explanation For Scenario question# 2 – LEAST Appropriate Response:

The answer to this question is B. This answer is just ridiculous need I say more.  As I explained before, there may have been more eyes that saw the incident than you think. So NEVER keep an incident like that under wraps, it will just come back to bite you.