Police Interview Question – Community Policing

Police Interview Question – Community Policing

Hi I’m Chief Russ Ehlers. I’ve been a chief
for seven years, been in law enforcement for 25 years and I like to make videos for folks
that are truly interested in getting a job at law enforcement. I’m focusing right now
on the oral board process and the scenario based questions because those seemed to be
some of the most difficult things for folks to overcome. The oral board has already intimating environment
but when the oral board panel members ask candidates’ scenario based questions particularly
difficult for the candidate if they have never worked in law enforcement and a lot haven’t.
Here’s an interesting situation I have the associate standing behind the camera I’m going
to pose the person as being interviewed. My associate is one of the interview panel members
and he’s going to give me a serve as question, of course, I’m not dressed as a police chief
picture man in coat and tie and I’m at my interview on my oral board. Mr. Ehlers, let’s say you’re on patrol and
you’re dispatched to a residence in a quite unknown reason, dispatch didn’t quite understand
what the problem was and you’re dispatched. You got to the residence and it turns out
that it’s an elderly woman and her problem was that she was having some problem with
her heat in her home. She couldn’t quite get her furnace to work, what would you do? That’s an interesting question that I surely
wasn’t expecting that but I think that that goes to the community policing. I can tell
you what my answer is not. I would tell her to call right off the bat a heating company
and I would take that opportunity and make a very positive police contact. I’d like to
dispatch to know that I was entering her, this that’s elderly woman’s house and try
to help if I could. It might be something as simple as that the
furnace fan wasn’t turned on or there was something with her thermostat. I’m certainly
not a … I’m not a furnace technician I’ll try to do what I could do to help and if I
couldn’t I certainly would try to find some assistance for her right away or point her
in the right direction. I would again just use that as a community policing event. Try to make it very positive for her and how
it was something very simple, certainly try not to embarrass her and let her know it was
my pleasure to help in any way I could. You can justify using taxpayers’ dollars to
go around the town fixing people’s furnaces? The answer, I don’t know that I would try
to fix the furnace but I certainly would justify using that taxpayers’ money to spend a few
minutes with someone who is a tax payer and that might be her only police contact in 20
years. It should end as a positive one. Should start then as a positive experience also.
Again I don’t mean to be argumentative but I certainly would use that as a chance to
do some community policing. Now, you heard them challenge me. That’s very
common with oral board panels. They like to challenge you to see if you’re going to stick
to your guns, to see if you get nervous, to see if you change your mind. If you feel your
answer was spot-on stick with it and justify it. If you feel your answer needed some work
to it wait to the end of the interview and then dress that up later on. There’s a very interesting technique to dressing
up questions you think you might have blown 20 minutes ago in the interview, EarnYourBadge.com
is a website that I put together that it gives a lot of information for folks that really
are again very serious about going in the law enforcement. I’ve enjoyed our time together. Look, if you’ve
enjoyed this video give me a thumbs up I’d like to hear from you. Leave a comment and
I’m doing this because I enjoy it, www.earnyourbadge.com, check that and good luck to you. God Bless.


  • Linda Gueningsman says:

    This video was good to watch. It gave me a new perspective about the kind of questions I might be asked in an interview and it gave me more information about how to answer those type of questions.

  • Earn Your Badge says:

    @ricgarcia67 I'd be very surprised if they offered you the same questions. I trust they will be different. If they are the same, you'll be able to expound where you felt you were weak the first time around. Keep me posted.

  • Jacob McCurdy says:

    Hey Chief Ehlers,

    I just wanted you to know that I have enjoyed your videos and they have gotten me to think about the interview process more. I'm currently attending college to earn my associates degree in criminal justice. While I'm in school I will be applying as a reserve deputy soon and all of this information is very helpful. I will be joining your member area soon, after I get my tax refund =) Thank you for your free information.

  • taoaoal says:

    I graduated from highschool in the top 2% of my class. i was in the "whos who" of american highschool students for 4 years in a row. I went to a university afterwards for a mba and after 2 and 1/2 years i dropped out cuz i failed miserably. I ended up shut away, working in a recap shop for over 10 years. It was a long 10 years of depression and failing. I'm finaly ready to give myself a second chance and do something great for myself and my family. i'm 31 and going to school to become a cop.

  • taoaoal says:

    My grandfather was the deputy chief of police for green bay. I'm the only one in our family to follow in his footsteps. I just want to do something great for my community and protect people who cannot protect themselves.

  • zackye masmas says:

    cheif,, wat if the question is about dealing with gangs an the environment doent look safe

  • Chitosama says:

    I am actually going for my second oral board and have found your videos very helpful. I bought the books recommended but they provided no new information. Unfortunately I don't have the opportunity to go through your website but if I do not pass access to your site will be the first thing I purchase in the new year. I thank you for your help with people like me who have little to no law enforcement experience.

  • 310jessefilm says:

    @EarnYourBadge Thanks for the information you gave me. I passed my interview with the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department and am now in my background investigation. THanks once again.


  • CastleBeckettFan2 says:

    Thank you so much sir. I'm preparing for a mock oral board tomorrow for a skills USA competition, and I would just like to take a moment to thank you. I was really nervous and you, in a way, put me at ease. Again thank you so much.

  • Waterloo 121 says:

    loved it

  • Dawit Teketl says:

    thank u chief you are very help full sir

  • Davison says:

    What a great video. Cheers from Aus

  • Malvin Cuevas says:

    Great video chief

  • Brittany Bowles says:

    i want to became a police officer this was a great tip

  • Natasha Young says:

    This is a great example I can use in with my Cadet group!

    47-401 MI

  • Christopher perez says:

    good video


    Chief, I would just like to say thank you for your help.  I've been watching all of your videos multiple times and it seems I learn something new every time I watch one. I'm currently in college, looking to graduate soon and begin my career in law enforcement.  I've always dreaded the oral interviews that are in my future, but you have definitely relieved some of the nerves.  I really really appreciate it.  And thank you for your service.

  • gil4real82 says:

    You are so hot.

  • Jesse Bunch says:

    Thank you for the assistance! I have an interview tomorrow and this was immensely helpful!!!! 

  • oldgreg1184 says:

    Wow great tips sir I have an interview in 2 weeks I'll be checking out your site for.sure!

  • Suraj Suba says:

    Completely agree with your answer chief. Policing is all about building relationships with the community. Positive impact is key here. 

    There have been situations, odd ones of course where elderly people have died due to weather extremities. 

  • David Gutierrez says:

    Officer Russ Ehlers,

    A big thumbs up for your 25 + years in law enforcement service and helping other potential police candidates achieve that potential career. I have my oral board in 2.5 weeks I am ready. Your advice is priceless.
    God bless you too.

  • Michael says:

    I love all the advise! I would have been Lost in the sauce! Thanks again!

  • LORD Webby says:

    Thank you

  • Matthew Evans says:

    I am planning to began applying for law enforcement positions in the central Georgia area. I am 20 years old. What would be the best way to began a career in law enforcement?

  • Nick Belanger says:

    I really appreciate your work as a high schooler looking into a Law Enforcement career

  • Kyal Webb-Cienkowski says:

    I feel as though in that scenario that's community policing on the extreme side. When police are called for something it instantly spikes up an officers stress levels especially when you have no idea whats going on before you even get there, would you not agree? With that being said I believe police should not be called for things of that nature if its not about public or personal safety. Would I be wrong in saying that I would have a professional and respect talk with the woman about how that's not what the police are for and how important it is to not waste a police officers time. Then tell her to have a good day and good luck with her heat/ furnace.?

  • Ron Mexico says:

    Thank you for your videos chief. your spot on with how i want to be if i can make it as a police officer.

  • Luke F says:

    I got this question and the confusion of the elderly person can be caused by other things than just old age! If the elder feels confused call for medical, may be a gas leak or other issue from the furnace

  • Ryan James says:

    Help with furnace. Fully assess situation. Determine degree of need. Determine if the problem is simple enough where I could fix it myself. If not, attempt to contact community assist / response persons or entities that could assist me in resolving the situation. Take whatever actions I deem necessary to assure the person and myself that I would not leave her in a situation that could cause her harm IE medical crisis.

  • ou ti says:

    thank you!, i want to be a firefighter, ive gone throuh most of the training except emt school, ive been offered a job as a community service officer, because ive always wanted to see what it was like to work as in law enfocrcement and see if i may enjoy policing versus firefighting.

  • franticgoat says:

    Great idea to post these videos. I think there are so many great potential officers who miss out on a great job due to interviews.

  • Rishi Ghai says:

    Uptown Girl – Billy Joel

  • Paco Wil says:

    Hi Chief how would you answer this question "If you had to arrest a family member, what would you do?

  • shirley francois says:

    All of your videos are so informative and extremely helpful. I have an interview coming up with the oral panel coming up in the next few weeks and your videos have put my mind at ease. Thank you so much for all that you do and dont stop helping others.

  • Joseph Trout says:

    This one is a tricky one

  • matt8863 says:

    In this day and age…I'd ask dispatch if this was a repeat call residence, or if anyone there was known to have mental illness. Still…I'd certainly be on the look out for a setup.

  • Jay BEE says:

    Chief I love your videos brother thank you for sharing God Bless you!

  • Mark Clark says:

    This video has the best audio

  • Larry Storrs says:

    Chief awesome videos!! I’m not a Leo but I do support them.

  • Curtis Anderson says:

    Thankful for these videos 👍

  • Jiren The Gray says:

    Great video chief 👍 I passed my written and physical test for the LA sheriff and have the structural interview next week. Will they ask similar questions ?

  • Isaiah Joshua says:

    Community policing is really a gang. Research community policing gang stalking. If the police can constantly get away with imprisoning and killing innocent black people, what do you think the FBI, CIA, and others do? Community policing is really overwhelming. They’re sneaky and really plan to prevent anyone who isn’t a freethinker from succeeding in life like getting blacklisted. It don’t matter if you’re good. Yes. They may prevent crimes here and there, but they’re a huge reason as to why sex trafficking exist. It’s a lot of information for anyone going through it. Oh yeah. Just in case someone disagrees, I may not be able to see that comment. You have to look up terms like perps and Targeted Individuals. The truth is that a large percentage of the police are Masons. Lawyers, doctors, and so on are in on the corrupt government. At least hear both sides of the story instead of only listening to the side disguised side they bring you. They hire people to stalk you and harass you, then make you think you’re crazy. They’d try to get you institutionalized, in prison, homeless, or murdered. It’s basically the Illuminati they work for, but you’d have to do your research.

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