HOW TO BECOME A POLICE SPECIAL CONSTABLE - THE SITUATIONAL JUDGEMENT TEST

The questions that form part of the Police Special Constable Situational Judgement Test require no prior knowledge of police policies or operational procedures. They do, however; require a level of common sense.

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Think carefully about each question and write down notes in the boxes provided as to why you have chosen each answer.

Police Special Constable Situation Judgement Test

The Situational Judgment Test is a multiple-choice test based on common situations that you may come across as a Special Constable. During the actual SJT assessment you will be required to answer 50 questions within a 65 minute time-frame. Take a look at the following sample SJT question:

Sample Situational Judgement Test question 1

Whilst on foot patrol in your local High Street you are approached by a woman who informs you that she has just found a purse on the pavement. Upon inspection there is no money in the purse but you do notice personal details relating to the owner.

Please pick the best option (most effective option) and the worst option (least effective option) in terms of what you should do:

A. Challenge the woman as to why there is no money in the purse.
B. Immediately take the purse back to the station and record the lost property.
C. Ask the woman to hand the purse in at the local police station.
D. Immediately try to contact the owner of the purse in order to hand it back to them.

Answers

BEST OPTION: D
This option allows you to reunite the owner with the purse quickly and also allows you to stay out on patrol.

WORST OPTION: A
This option could potentially damage relations with the public. You have no reason to suspect the woman has taken money from the purse.
Now take a look at the next sample question.

Sample Situational Judgement Test question 2

It is 2200hrs and you are on duty at a music festival. You have not had a break for eight hours and you are feeling very tired and hungry. The festival is very busy and the revellers have been drinking heavily. There is potential for disruption. All other units in the area are busy as it is a Saturday evening and there is nobody to discuss the situation with face to face. There is a mobile food unit at the entrance to the festival where you could discretely take a well-earned break without many people noticing.

Please pick the best option (most effective option) and the worst option (least effective option) in terms of what you should do:

A. Take a break at the mobile food unit and leave your post without anyone knowing. After all, you deserve a rest.
B. Work through your tiredness and hunger and maintain position at your post.
C. Contact your Police Sergeant by radio and inform him/her that you have not had a break for eight hours and request a relief.  
D. Buy a takeaway cup of tea and some food and eat it at your post.

Answers
BEST OPTION: C

You must contact your Police sergeant or supervisor and inform them that you need a break. If you are tired and hungry then you are unlikely to perform to the best of your ability.  

WORST OPTION: A
This could lead to potential disorder with nobody being aware that assistance is needed in the area at the festival.

You will notice that you need no prior knowledge of police procedures in order to answer the questions. All you need is a good level of sensible thinking.

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