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Old 01-05-2012, 06:59 PM   #1
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Talking So close...

Im a in the process of becoming a cadet in the SFPD police academy. I passed my polygraph yesterday and the only step between me and the academy is the psychological exam. I am just wondering what it is they are looking for in this interview. I am in no way asking how to "cheat" this exam or anything like that. I am an trustworthy young man with a past that does not have any real incidents, and I was more that forthcoming on my application and during all interviews up to this point including my polygraph. This is my dream job and I just dont want to do anything stupid to jeopardize m position. I started this over two years ago and the city finally has money to start classes again. I am planing on just being myself as this has done me wonders up to this point.

Just trying to get a better understanding of what I should expect.

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Answer honestly. Don't try and give the "right answer". Such tests are designed to get an overall baseline of the applicant.
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Like you said, just be yourself.
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Old 01-05-2012, 07:27 PM   #4
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good luck Dru! I need a ticket written off lol JK
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Old 01-05-2012, 07:36 PM   #5
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good luck Dru! I need a ticket written off lol JK
HAHA! Ill take all the "good luck" I can get. Ill keep ya'll posted. Thanks for all the advice too.
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Old 01-06-2012, 06:17 AM   #6
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I still don't know what they were looking for in the psych. test. I do know I passed the test just by being myself and being honest. I think they just wanna make sure that the person they give a gun to isn't going to go bonkers Or, be some kinda "dirty harry" or something. Sorry couldn't resist. Good luck, I'm sure you'll do fine. Sounds like you are in!!
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Old 01-06-2012, 09:50 PM   #7
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Thanks for the advice and input!
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Old 01-06-2012, 11:44 PM   #8
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A lot of psych tests have no set answers. They base it off your previous answers. They'll ask similar questions differently and see if your answers are consistent
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According to my law enforcement buddies, these days, passing the polygraph can be the most difficult part of qualifying due to "hang yourself" questions. The psychological evaluation is a breeze as long as you consistently "take the high road".
Good Luck!

Here's a little more insight:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-jdLhnxY7c
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Old 01-07-2012, 12:24 AM   #10
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Good luck man, and congrats for a good job so far. Your gonna have your work cut out for you in SF. I got a bunch of Samoan family in the ghettos like Army st.(cesar chavez) there and I know they can be a hand full. I hope your wits are about you make it home to your family every night.
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Old 01-07-2012, 12:53 AM   #11
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Good luck man, and congrats for a good job so far. Your gonna have your work cut out for you in SF. I got a bunch of Samoan family in the ghettos like Army st.(cesar chavez) there and I know they can be a hand full. I hope your wits are about you make it home to your family every night.
Thank you. I just hope they actually have a class. I had a friend you went through the whole process and was cleared for the academy, but it never happened. He waited and waited and eventually his application expired. Figers crossed
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BTW, Retired NYPD. Worked in the worst shitholes in Brooklyn and had the most fun their, because nobody gives a shit. It's when you work in the upscale areas that you get your balls broken.
All in all it was a fun job but glad I'm retired as LE has changed.
But I do miss the clowns but not the circus.
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Old 01-07-2012, 09:16 AM   #14
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^^^tru that, Plus you never get bored in the ghetto and there is always something to do. Makes time go by faster!!
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BTW, Retired NYPD. Worked in the worst shitholes in Brooklyn and had the most fun their, because nobody gives a shit. It's when you work in the upscale areas that you get your balls broken.
All in all it was a fun job but glad I'm retired as LE has changed.
But I do miss the clowns but not the circus.
Nice. Im looking forward to working in the tuff areas of the city. I have a buddy who has been working for SFPD for the last 5 years so he has been talking me through this process, which has been great. He told me you start out of the academy in some of the tuffest neighborhoods. Get thrown into the fire kind of thing. I am pumped every day I wake up just to be this far in the process.
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As others have said, just be yourself.

If they ask you scenario based questions, dont try to answer as a cop would, just answer honetly but intelligently. Ex: I was asked what I would do if I pulled a guy over and he refused to roll down his window, other than to toss his cigarette out, flicked me off and then just sat there.

The answer I'd give you today is that I'd bust his window out, drag him out of the car and arrest him. Also, I'd cite him for littering and log the cigarette butt into evidence.

That is not the kind of answer you want to give though...


Just make sure your answers reflect common sense and sound judgement
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That ask the same question over and over lol

Just don't lie

Some will try to well they will word it so you feel like you need to change a answer at the end.

Like you sure that's it or anything you want to change or junk.

Stay with YOUR answer, answer it and don't think twice.
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You're a brave man to enter the law enforcement arena in this era. No one likes you. The DAs, judges, and politicians do not have your back. The scourge of our world, lawyers, will lie, cheat and steal to defeat and embarrass you. On top of all of this, you chose to work in San Fran. BRAVE! Good luck and godspeed. Go Niners!
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You're a brave man to enter the law enforcement arena in this era. No one likes you. The DAs, judges, and politicians do not have your back. The scourge of our world, lawyers, will lie, cheat and steal to defeat and embarrass you. On top of all of this, you chose to work in San Fran. BRAVE! Good luck and godspeed. Go Niners!
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You're a brave man to enter the law enforcement arena in this era. No one likes you. The DAs, judges, and politicians do not have your back. The scourge of our world, lawyers, will lie, cheat and steal to defeat and embarrass you. On top of all of this, you chose to work in San Fran. BRAVE! Good luck and godspeed. Go Niners!
Sometimes i find it hard to believe people still want to be cops anymore.
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