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Police Writing Tests – New South Wales Edition

Welcome to the New South Wales Police Practice Writing Tests. These tests are designed to simulate the writing tasks you will be set during your selection exams. You will likely have between 20 to 45 minutes of writing for each task during your actual testing. So your ability to write quickly is also important. Remember to use these tests as an opportunity to practice your hand writing. Then submit your response for feedback online after that.


briefcase2Written Summary Practice

Read the text below and and then provide a short summary of approximately 150 words. If you’ve completed “Master the NSW Police Exams” this text should be familiar…

Remember that on testing day you will likely be doing this by hand. So for best practice, complete this by hand and then type your response for the final submission.

Give yourself 20 minutes for this task.

A few final guiding points:

 Give your summary a title

 Use headings

 Structure your response BEFORE you start and make sure it is logical!


A research group in Sydney called the HALEY FOUNDATION conducted a study four years ago that monitored the crime rate of the Sunny Hill during the entire years of 2008 and 2009. The researchers noticed that Ripton Street endured prolific rates of traffic offences compared with the rest of the area. Additionally, they found that most offences were detected during the hours 7pm till 2am each night of the week.

In regards to the incidents of burglary in the area, researchers found no pattern within the area. All streets were marginally affected by such crimes. Mark Barry, a who lives on Burton Street, stated, “I think it is good that there are more young families moving in to the area and people are more active exercising around the neighbourhood. It seems a very safe place to live.”

Assaults in the Sunny Hill area occurred most frequently on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Demographically, the majority of offenders and victims were aged between 18 and 25 years. In 2009 there were less assaults reported but a higher number of people were charged with circumstances of aggravation. This was, in almost all cases, due to weapons such as smashed bottles and belts being used. Sarah Thompson stated, “I think it’s due to all the drugs people are taking these days. They feel like they really need to hurt someone and so they pick up whatever they can find.”

The HALEY FOUNDATION intend to conduct another study for a similar period of time commencing in 2014.

Please email your response to writing@policeprep.com.au with the subject heading: ‘NSW Police Writing Test’

briefcase2Extended Writing Practice

Review the following two points of view on the topic of a culturally diverse police force.

Once you have read the texts, give your own opinion on cultural diversity in the NSW Police Service.

You may comment on the arguments made in the text provided.

You may also use any other information that you think is relevant.

Remember this is a test of your writing ability. You are being assessed in your written communication skills. The content should make sense and be logical, however, the main issue is your grammar, punctuation, spelling, flow of writing and general communication style. You must also show that you are answering the question.

Give yourself 45 minutes for this task.

A few final guiding points:

 You must write in full sentences

 Use fairly formal language in this task. Avoid slang or casual expressions in your response.

 Structure your response BEFORE you start and make sure it is logical!

 Include evidence or examples in your response.


THE TEXT: (There are two different points of view presented below)

Once you have read the texts, give your own opinion on cultural diversity in the NSW Police Service.

(Recommended length for this task is 400 words)


Postive – posted by Jake Longhook

Many people consider Australia to be the most culturally diverse nation in the world. As such it is critical that our security forces match that diversity in order to best serve the country.

A range of cultural backgrounds in a police service also encourages sharing of a wide range of experiences and thus broadening the perspectives of each police officer. As one of the primary roles of the police is to communicate with the community and keep the peace, a broad perspective is very important.

By officers working with other team members from other cultures, there is also a natural tendency for those officers to have a higher degree of genuine empathy for people of a different background to themselves. Again, this is key in successfully engaging different parts of the community.

Finally, a culturally diverse police service provides an excellent role model for other citizens to see people of different race, religion and heritage working closely together in close-knit teams.



Negative – posted by Moira Nicklebut

I’m all for equal opportunity and I think it a very important topic in a nation as culturally diverse as Australia. However, sometimes I think that the benefits of cultural diversity in the workplace can be over-stated in determining just who fills that workplace.

Take the NSW Police for example. I see a great deal of cultural diversity in our police service but I sometimes wonder how an organisation like this balances the need for a diverse background with having the best police officers for the job.

My primary concern is that some police officers I’ve encountered seem to be so ‘diverse’ in their background that they sometimes appear to struggle to identify with my particular problem.

So I think that more important than having a diverse police service is the ability for the police officers to deal with a diverse range of cultures. So my view is that having a culturally diverse police service is far less important than the education and training of these police officers to interact efficiently with the community’s cultural diversity.

Therefore it is not the diversity within the police service that really matters.


Please email your response to writing@policeprep.com.au with the subject heading: ‘NSW Police Writing Test’