FreezeFrame #6: Pop Quiz!

Welcome back to FreezeFrame, where we take a closer look at some of the tiny details that you may have missed from the movie!

Normally we make jokes and observations about them, but since it’s finals season for many of us, let’s take this opportunity to do some studying!  While doing sit-ups.  On a ladder.  Geez, this bunny is hardcore.

We’ve taken the above frame from the movie and blown it up as large as we can to try and reconstruct it for you!  There are some parts where the shadows obscure the words a little too much for us to be able to read clearly, but hopefully one day Disney will release Zootopia in 4K resolution.  We’ve marked those parts as [unknown], but for the most part, we were able to read these two pages of Judy’s textbook very clearly.

So, what is Judy actually studying so late at night?  Find out for yourself after the break!

(Spoilers: It looks like it’s about proper pepper spray procedures.  Can one of our police fans confirm if this is actual standard police procedure?  Let us know down in the comments!)


Chapter 10
1. Having arrested 3 thieves, police officer McHorn took cash from the arrested mammals in the following bill amounts:
                                              100s                              50s                              20s
Fangmeyer                              40                                  4                                  –
[unknown]                                12                                  30                                15
Wolford                                  100                                  7                                20

A) 18,100                         B) 17,350                          C) 18,750

The correct answer is B.

2. Officers Grizzoli, Rhinowitz, and Higgins are called to the scene of a big brawl in front of “Grazin Greens”.  When they arrive, they  see around [unknown] adult wildebeests in a muddle punching and kicking each other.  Officer Higgins pulls out his can of pepper spray.  What should Officer Higgins do next?

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A) Order the wildebeests to stop fighting
B) Warn the other two officers that he’s about to spray the herd
C) Warn the wildebeests that he has pepper spray
D) Stand downwind of the herd before spraying

The correct answer is B.

The officer should warn the other officers before he takes further action.  The officer does want the wildebeests to stop fighting and will order them to do so, but choice A is step 2.  Choice C is not listed as a step in the manual, and choice D is not a good answer because the officer will always want to be upwind of pepper spray, not downwind.

3. Officers Trunkaby and Snarlov arrive at City Hall to find a pod of hippos rocking Mayor Lionheart’s car back and forth in the street.  Officer Trunkaby shouts to Officer Snarlov that he is going to use his pepper spray.  What should he do next?

A. Stand downwind of the pod
B. Shout to the hippos to disperse
C. Warn the pod that pepper spray is about to be deployed
D. Stand upwind of the pod before using the spray

The correct answer is B.

The officer has already taken step 1, having warned his partner that he is about to use the spray.  Step 2 is to order the pod of hippos to disperse.

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  1. Having served, OC Spray (pepper spray) is always sprayed when the target is downwind. In the academy, the subject is always warned that he/she will be sprayed before the spray is used. Warning other officers is a given – your backup readily understands that if you're shaking your can of OC, you'll probably end up using it. In addition, your backup will hear you tell the subject(s) they will be sprayed.

    However, spraying OC during a brawl is a BAD decision. It gets everywhere, and can make the situation worse. In fights, going hands on or dry firing your TASER is the best way to go. It's not taught in the academy, but when people hear the sound of the TASER when it is turned on, they stop and think about what their next decision may be.

    • Thank you for your reply! I was thinking that pepper spray might be a decent way to go in this situation, since there's a close group of several targets that are fighting each other, not the officer. Area of effect vs. precision, sort of a thing. Still, you know what's practical and realistic FAR better than I do.

      Thank you for this little lesson in police work, and thank you for your service!

  2. Thank you for the salutations. When dealing with multiple subjects at once, the keys to success are command presence and strength in numbers. Check out this example from around my neck of the woods. Watch how the SGT takes control of the scene – by himself! You can watch the whole thing, or fast forward to about 2:05

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