- Have you even stolen more than ($ ) in moneys in
any one year from any of your employers?
- Have you ever used a system to cheat one of your
- Have you ever had your drivers license suspended
or revoked?
- Have you ever had any traffic citations in the past
five ( ) years?
- Have you deliberately lied to any of these

Values, such as age and number of years is
determined by the specific department.

The method used by John E. Reid & Associates
employs four standard relevant questions: In the
last five years did you steal any merchandise from
previous employers? In the last five years did you
steal any money from previous employers? In the
last ten years did you take part in or commit any
serious crime? Did you falsify any information on
your application? These standard questions may be
modified depending on admissions made during the
pretest (e.g., a revision may be, In the last five
years did you steal any merchandise other than
minor office supplies?).

In addition to the standard questions a fifth
relevant question (e.g., concerning the illegal
purchase or sale of merchandise; use of narcotics)
may be added. The Reid firm also uses what it
regards as control questions in pre-employment
interviews. Control questions include, Did you ever
steal anything in your life? and Did you lie to any of
the questions you answered during the application
process for this job? It is not clear, however, how
the Reid pre-employment control questions differ
from the relevant questions. It seems reasonable to
suppose that both truthful and non-truthful
subjects (in terms of the relevant questions) may
be just as concerned with the subject matter of the
control questions as they are with the relevant
questions. It is also not clear why employers would
be less concerned with the control than with the
relevant questions.

Remember, the police polygraph is only a tool used
by law enforcement agencies to gather background
information on the candidate. Though it is seen as a
form of intimidation, there are proven techniques
and strategies that should be employed to ensure
you pass the polygraph.
by George M. Godoy
Police Polygraph Questions
Police polygraph examinations fall under the
guidelines for employment interviewing of title VII of
the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, so
examiners are obliged to conduct the examinations
in a way that would not discriminate on the basis of
sex, race, etc.  One central principle of ethical
standards is that relevant questions be related to
the job applied for.

Here are typical questions asked on the police
polygraph exam:
- Did you tell the complete truth on your job
- Have you deliberately withheld information from
your job application?
- Have you ever been fired from a job?
- Since the age of ( ) have you committed an
undetected crime?
- Since the age of ( ) have you been convicted of a
- During the past year, have you used marijuana
more than ( ) per ( )?
- Have you used any other narcotic illegally in the
past ( ) years?
- Have you sold marijuana or other narcotics illegally
in the past ( ) years?
- Have you ever stolen more than ($ ) worth of
merchandise in any one year from any of your
Sergeant George Godoy (Ret.) is a 22 year police
veteran.  During his police career, Sergeant Godoy
served for 5 years as a police recruitment specialist
where he personally tested over 1,000 potential
police recruits.
Police Exam

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