LAPD Detective 2009
Sample Test

Following are 20 questions taken from the official Bibliography for the 2009 Written Test for Detective.

These are the same types of questions that will asked on the 100-question practice tests that will be given in the Allwrite-Testing Test Preparation Workshop. The practice tests will cover all of the source material in the Bibliography.

There is one an only one correct answer for each question. Base you answers on the source material from which the question is taken. If there is a conflict between the source material and how things are actually done on the LAPD, base you answer on the source material. The source of each question appears in bold face an the end of each question.

Following the questions is a link to the correct answers.

1. An involved party (IP) is an individual that has been observed engaging in suspicious activity which may reveal a nexus to foreign or domestic terrorism when:

A. no definitive criminal activity can be identified.
B. circumstances preclude the making of an arrest.
C. an SAR cannot be made.
D. arrests of other parties are being made.

Special Order-11, 2008; p. 4 (5)(B)

2. Which of the following is not one of the responsibilities of the Work Environment Liaison Division?

A. Assist with the Department's risk management, dispute resolution and military liaison functions.
B. Prevent minor conflicts from escalating to personnel complaints, grievances and/or lawsuits.
C. Provide timely evaluations of a work environment, assess perceived conflict sources and workplace issues, and provide recommendations for improvement.
D. Assist with Employee Assistance programs and encourage employee participation in them.

Speical Order-26, 2008; pp. 1-2 (V)

3. The CAL/Gang System will automatically alert the Department when an individual's database file has had no criteria added for the preceding ______ period. In such cases, the individual's database file shall be purged from the CAL/Gang System.

A. 12 month
B. 2 year
C. 3 year
D. 5 year

Special Order-3, 2004; pp. 11-12 (XI)(B)

4. The Department of Justice (DOJ) has indicated they will accept the following reason for release of information.

A. Investigation.
B. Background investigation.
C. Adoptions-absent parents.
D. Record Check.

Detective Manual; p. 143, II/500.40

5. The Hierarchy rule does not apply to the crime of:

A. car-jacking.
B. larceny.
C. physical elder abuse.
D. arson.

Detective Manual; p. 147, II/500.61 (Exception)

6. The most important and possibly the most sensitive aspect of the homicide investigation is:

A. the preliminary investigation.
B. interviewing witnesses.
C. preserving crime scene evidence.
D. identification of suspects.

Homicide Manual; p. 15, 2.1, para. 2

7. At a homicide crime scene, there are various ways to divide the area of concern to provide for a thorough, systematic search. The most common of these is:

A. the star pattern.
B. the overlapping circle pattern.
C. the zone and grid methods.
D. the linear pattern.

Homicide Manual; p. 37, 5, para. 1

8. All of the following meet the definition of an Informant except:

A. Anytime a person is given specific direction by an officer, for any reason, whether on one occasion or many, in an attempt to secure information on criminal activity.
B. Anytime a defendant charged in a criminal case provides information on a co-defendant in the same criminal matter.
C. Anytime a person requests compensation for information or tasks performed.
D. Anytime a persons requests a Letter of Accomplishment on a pending criminal case.

Informant Manual; p. 3, #100

9. The Four C's of a Tactical Response are:

1. Containment.
2. Control.
3. Cover.
4. Command.
5. Communications.
6. Call SWAT.

A. 1, 2, 3, 4
B. 1, 2, 4, 5
C. 1, 2, 5, 6
D. 3, 4, 5, 6

Supervisor's FOG; pp. 8-9

10. Which of the following is the first objective that must be addressed to accomplish the Department's crowd control mission?

A. Protect life.
B. Restore and maintain order.
C. Arrest violators.
D. Ensure officer safety.

Crowd Control; p. 18, top

11. Which of the following shall be responsible for the preliminary and follow-up investigations of any crime committed through the use of computer stored information or sabotage to computer-stored information?

A. Fraud Section.
B. Criminal Conspiracy Section
C. Area Detectives.
D. Computer Specialists from the District Attorney's office.

LAPD Manual; p. 97, 4/212.14

12. Investigating officers shall have ______ from the date the Narcotics Report is assigned to them to complete and close-out the investigation:

A. 45 days
B. 120 days
C. 6 months
D. one year

LAPD Manual; p. 221, 4/258.17

13. Terrorism Liaison Officers are responsible for all of the following except:

A. collecting and disseminating information to the public regarding terrorism related activity.
B. acting as a point of contact with Major Crimes Division (MCD).
C. relaying advisories and other terrorism related information provided by MCD to Area and divisional personnel.
D. reporting information regarding possible terrorist activity to MCD.

LAPD Manual; p. 241, 4/271.45

14. An officer has greater protection under the First Amendment and other laws when the officer is addressing a:

A. personal opinion
B. matter of public concern.
C. noncriminal matter.
D. any of the above

Legal Bulletin, Vol. 32, Issue 1, 2008: p. 3, para. 1

15. When officers become aware of an individual who demonstrates stalking, threats, unsolicited acts of visitation or harassment, officers shall contact:

C. Area detectives.
D. Threat Management Unit.

LAPD Manual; p. 240, 4/271.25

16. Evidence and non-evidence shall not be stored in the personal possession of any employee, except:

A. evidence seized as part of special task force operations.
B. evidence seized outside the city limits.
C. certain forgery related evidence.
D. A and B.

LAPD Manual; p. 321, 4/510.10

17. All of the following statements about False Personation are correct except:

A. False Personation arrests resulting from any other incident, excluding traffic incidents, shall be investigated by Forgery Section, Commercial Crimes Division.
B. The elements of False Personation require that a suspect complete the act, which might result in criminal or civil liability for the victim.
C. Victims shall be provided with a Victim's Supplemental Financial Loss Report.
D. Reports are not generally completed telephonically.

LAPD Manual; p. 215, 4/248.20, paras. 5, 6, 7, 8

18. Penal Code Section 1529 states that the property to be seized must be described with:

A. at least three descriptive qualities.
B. reasonable particularity.
C. quantifiable objective measures.
D. all of the above.

Search Warrant Manual; p. III-1 (A)

19. To be lawful, a detention must be based on reasonable suspicion that criminal activity has taken place or is about to take place, and that the person detained is connected to that activity. This "suspicion" must be supported by:

A. criminal acts.
B. articulable facts.
C. officer experience.
D. state statute.

Training Bulletin XXXVIII, Issue 1, 2006; p. 4, 1

20. According to the Consent Decree, all of the following are required of investigating officers working with informants except:

A. confer with supervisor prior to meeting with an informant.
B. document all meetings, significant contacts, and information received from an informant in the informant control package.
C. inform their supervisor of any contact with an informant.
D. arrange a meeting with the supervisor and an informant prior to creating an informant control packet for a particular enforcement.

Consent Decree; para. 108 (h)


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