How To Manage Writing Tasks In Your Police Exam


Need some help with the writing task for your police exam?

In this video, I want to take you through a simple step by step process to help you manage the writing task in your police entrance exam.

G’day, I am Russell from Prime Motion Training and I’m absolutely passionate about helping people to become police officers. In this video, I want to help you with a process that you can use to better manage a writing task in your police entrance exam. Let’s jump into it and I’ll take you through the process.

In your writing task, you’ll be presented with some type of topic. Now that topic could take the form of a simple statement. It could be a pros and cons article or it might be smaller pieces of information where you need to gather that information together and present a response in a written format. Let’s take a look at a topic here.

The topic that I’ve chosen is –  “Police Presence at Major Entertainment and Sporting Events is Important to Ensure Community Safety”.

As we go through this process, you don’t need to read all of the content that I come up with. I have created a PDF document (police exam writing task method) based on what we’re going to discuss in this video. You’ll find it here somewhere around this video and you can download that and you can work through it as we’re going through the video or you can take a look at that afterwards if you do require that extra detail about the example that we’re working through.

If I move on from comprehending that topic to now thinking broadly about how I can respond to this statement, the point that I want to extract from that statement is community safety.

“You must have a structured plan for your police exam writing task!” – Russell

Now I need to move across to the next column and think more clearly about how I can come up with an idea around community safety that I might be able to turn into a few sentences or a paragraph. So an idea that comes to mind for me about community safety is around police presence and how that influences people’s behavior. Another idea is about how having police presence improves response times if police are actually required. The third thing that comes to mind for me that I can talk about that enhances community safety or around the point of community safety is that community interaction with the police can improve community safety. I need to come up with some sentences or a couple of paragraphs at each of these ideas, and this is where the spelling, grammar, and punctuation, of course, he’s going to be very important.

Let’s keep moving through the process. I’ve got my main point that I want to expand on. I have my three ideas and I think I can come up with some content to expand on that first idea.

I’ve got some additional paragraphs here to expand on my second idea. I think I can break that idea, which is police presence improves the response times, up into three separate paragraphs because there’s enough content there, in that idea, to be able to do that and another sentence or paragraph here to talk about the community interaction. That gives me my content. You don’t need to read that you can pause the video if you like, but there’s a document here that you can download to have a closer look at the content if you’re interested in that extra detail. I’ve got my content for the core part of the body of my response, but I also need to make sure I have a clear and concise opening.


My opening is that I agree with the statement, essentially, I’m making that really clear. I agree with that statement and I’ve got some reasons why I agree with that. Obviously, those reasons are here on the left-hand side of the screen at the moment. When I’ve presented that content, I need to have a very clear conclusion that connects back to my opening. In other words, I need to reinforce what my position was and reinforce that I think the points that I’ve made demonstrates my point of view on this topic. Here again, it finishes with, I believe police officers should be in attendance at all public events, et cetera, et cetera. When I’ve got my content, I’ve created my opening, which sometimes you’ll actually do after creating the content and your conclusion. Again, you might often do when you’re working on your opening because the two need to be linked. When we’ve got all of that together, we can then put it in a final copy now where we present it as our response.

If you’re doing the Acer format entrance exams, the instructions asked for you to plan your response. We’ve just been through a plan. It’s a step-by-step process, so you could scribble down some ideas in each of those steps and then of course present your final response in this format that you see here on the screen now. Acer would like you to do that. In order to gain additional points scribble down your plan in the same format or structure that we’ve just been through.

Police exam writing task pre-response notes
Scribble down your writing task plan before you start your response!

Hope you found that helpful. If you have any questions you can always reach out and contact me.

For our Victoria police applicants, we’ve created a free course where you can find out everything you need to know about the Victoria Police Entrance Exam  I look forward to seeing you there.

Thanks again for joining me and until the next time, keep your foot on the gas and good luck with your police application.

p.s. Grab this presentation in pdf format here!

About the Author

Russell Kempster

Russell Kempster

Russ spent 12 years as a police officer with Victoria Police. The last four years of that time was spent at the Victoria Police Academy as an instructor, where he taught everything from fitness to firearms. He has trained police applicants, as well as recruits undergoing their initial training, experienced serving police officers and was even called on by Victoria Police to help train other would-be police academy instructors.

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