LIKE MANY police departments, Philadelphia uses a true-false test called the MMPI-2 to evaluate the psychological fitness of officer candidates. The questions are not made public, but two unsuccessful applicants confirmed that the following, posted in an online forum, were among more than 500 questions when they took the test:

* At times I feel like smashing things.

* I like to read newspaper articles on crime.

* I am sure I get a raw deal from life.

- Tom Avril