Could You Make It in the Metropolitan Police Service?

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Zoe Samuel

5 Min Quiz

You are in the break room when a BBC newsreader says police have been put on high alert. This is news to you. What do you do?

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Could you speak in front of a crowd?

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A threat is called in against the State Opening of Parliament. What do you want to do next?

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In what uniform do you feel like you are most truly yourself?

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What's the longest document you care to read in a typical day?

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Can you stay on your feet for hours at a time?

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Good policework requires good community relations. How do you maintain them?

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Be honest: How many laws do you really remember?

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A robber grabs a purse and promptly starts leaping garden fences as he gets away. What are the odds you'll catch him?

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When American tourists express surprise that you don't have a gun, how will you react?

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Could you honestly swear the oath of loyalty required of all British police?

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A six-inch stack of paperwork lands on your desk. How much of it do you get through?

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What word best describes your handwriting?

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When heading out on the beat, what item would you always take with you?

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To which London borough would you most hope to be assigned?

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How would you describe your family's view of the police when you were growing up?

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If you were to earn a knighthood, what do you hope it would be for?

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Of the weapons with which you were born, which comes most naturally?

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Be honest: Are you really in this because you want to drive fast with the blue lights on?

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Why is it important to have a police service, in your view?

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What is the leading quality that makes a good cop?

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Which of the many nicknames of the British police suits you the best?

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There are many good TV shows about the Met. Which one do you find most accurate?

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Which police movie do you hope will literally be your life once you join up?

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What policing award do you hope you'll win?

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How many years of service do you anticipate putting in?

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Do you have any police in your family?

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Which kind of crime do you think you would be uniquely qualified to handle?

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With what sort of partner would you like to spend your days?

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What do you think you bring to the police that is particularly needed?

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About This Quiz

The Metropolitan Police Service is the largest police force in the United Kingdom and serves the Greater London area. Populated by approximately 30,000 "bobbies on the beat" and a further 10,000 support staff, the Met is primarily based out of New Scotland Yard, as well as plenty of police stations scattered across London's many boroughs.

Policing a city that is coming up on 10 million residents is no mean feat. Sure, the criminals don't carry guns, meaning the cops don't need them, but there's more to joining the Old Bill than just waving a gun around and "nicking" robbers. You have to memorize a potentially large geographical area within your borough (that's a precinct if you're American). You need to be fit enough to run down a criminal element who are mostly healthy and in their late teens and early 20s. You have to know the law inside out and be ready to apply it with just the right blend of discretion and precision. Most of all, you need to know how to build a relationship with the community you're policing, and how to create a trust which means people see you as the good guy.

Do you have what it takes? Let's find out!

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