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Dana Johnson

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¨  What's your advice in preparing for the police officer candidate test?
¨
  Did you ever surf?
¨  Will you ever surf?
¨  Will you ever surf with your sons?
¨  Has your wife ever surfed or will she?
¨  What was your worst subject in school?
¨  How early do you wake up to go to work?
¨  Do you like it when you have days off?
¨  How much time do you have to see your family?
¨  Do you have other instruments [besides baritone horn]?

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QUESTION:
I recently applied to become a police officer.  I understand the written exam is challenging.  Do you have any recommendations as to how I can prepare for this test?

ANSWER from Dana Johnson on 3 September 2002:
Get a good night's sleep.  Eat breakfast.  Read each question.  Do not read into the question.  For example, the test in Virginia Beach involves a full page with four to six questions about what was on the previous page.  You can go back to look for answers as you need to.  Some tests are mutiple choice.  This would be where you need to be careful not to read into the question, and read the question.

Departments have more than one event to go through in their process.  Ours is at least six.  The candidate must get through all of them.

So, take each phase individually, and do you best.  Good Luck!

Dana Johnson
Virginia Beach Police
Virginia Beach, Virginia

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QUESTION:
Did you ever surf?

ANSWER from Dana Johnson on 31 May 2002:
I tried that last year... sank like a lead weight!

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QUESTION:
Will you ever surf?

ANSWER from Dana Johnson on 31 May 2002:
Maybe I give it a whirl this year, I like body surfing though!!!

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QUESTION:
Will you ever surf with your sons?

ANSWER from Dana Johnson on 31 May 2002:
They run me down all the time, and they say I am very slow.

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QUESTION:
Has your wife ever surfed or will she?

ANSWER from Dana Johnson on 31 May 2002:
No, she would rather watch the boys.

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QUESTION:
What was your worst subject in school?

ANSWER from Dana Johnson on 31 May 2002:
Math!!!!

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QUESTION:
How early do you wake up to go to work?

ANSWER from Dana Johnson on 31 May 2002:
I get up at 6:am Eastern Standard Time.  It's still dark where you are [California] when I get up.

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QUESTION:
Do you like it when you have days off?

ANSWER from Dana Johnson on 31 May 2002:
Yes!!!  It gives me time to "recharge" my batteries for another weeks work at Landstown Middle School.

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QUESTION:
How much time do you have to see your family?

ANSWER from Dana Johnson on 31 May 2002:
Everyday, before they go to school and when I get home from work.

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QUESTION:
Do you have other instruments [besides baritone horn]?

ANSWER from Dana Johnson on 31 May 2002:
Yes, I have a trombone and an Alto Trumpet (it looks like a extra large Trumpet).

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