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Police Officer Exam For Dummies
Raymond Foster  More Info

According to the book description of Police Officer Exam for Dummies, it is “your ticket to a higher score on the police officer exam. Police exams are becoming increasingly difficult to pass, as law enforcement agencies are looking for the most capable officers from the candidate application pool. To help select the most qualified candidate, more than half of the departments and agencies throughout the country are following the current trend of using the National Police Officer Selection Test (POST also referred to as NPOST). Police Officer Exam For Dummies features three POST exams based on the official test, plus one New York City (NYC) exam.

If you're a prospective police officer who needs to take the written exam, Police Officer Exam For Dummies gives you all the essential test preparation you need to succeed. Packed with study advice and test-taking tips, you'll get targeted instruction on everything you can expect on the actual exam.

Targeted review in judgment, map reading, memory observation, and recall skills. Coverage of all key subject areas 4 full-length practice officer exams with answers and detailed explanations. Whether you're taking the local, county, state, or federal agency exam, this guide contains everything you need to score your highest on the exam and realize your dream of becoming a police officer.”

Police Officer Exam, Fourth Edition
Editors of LearningExpress LLC  More Info

According to the book description of Police Officer Exam, “A pre-test to diagnose your PS Skills, How to use this book, Just the Facts-continues the usage from Becoming a Police Officer (2009), which provides synergy with that title. Appendices-ideas include a sample on-line application, sample physical agility requirements and study programs, and sample police academy curricula, instant Access to Online Practice, Glossary.

California Police Officer Exam, 2nd Edition
LearningExpress Editors  More Info

According to the book description of California Police Officer Exam, “California Police Officer Exam provides essential test preparation for police officer candidates throughout California. This thorough guide, completely updated with the assistance of an Executive Board Member of the California Peace Officers Association, features two complete multiple choice practice exams and free access to online practice tests with instant scoring and individualized feedback. Additional chapters cover the physical ability test, personal history statement, oral interview, and psychological assessment. The book also includes targeted review tutorials in judgment, map reading, and memory and observation. California Police Officer Exam includes everything to ensure success - it's like having the test in advance!”

Becoming a Police Officer: An Insider's Guide to a Career in Law Enforcement
Barry Baker  More Info

According to the book description of Becoming a Police Officer: An Insider’s Guide to a Career in Law Enforcement, it is “a serious examination of police work that is directed toward young people who are contemplating a career as a police officer. Author Barry Baker draws on over thirty-two years of experience from some of the most violent streets of any city in the United States to show you the unembellished truths of law enforcement.

Baker describes the self-satisfaction that can be found in police work while identifying its pitfalls and how to avoid them. Before ending his career as a detective lieutenant, Baker spent his first twenty years on the force as a patrol officer, making him uniquely qualified to speak from a breadth and depth of experience.

Becoming a Police Officer: An Insider’s Guide to a Career in Law Enforcement covers topics a newly trained police officer must appreciate—and master—to ensure success and safety, including the following: Self-evaluation for a police career; Recognizing and ignoring bad advice; Rapid advancement toward self-sufficiency; The immeasurable importance of integrity; and, Matters of life and death.

Becoming a Police Officer: An Insider’s Guide to a Career in Law Enforcement is a valuable insight for those seeking a career in the honorable and important profession of law enforcement.”

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