Picture, IDENTIFIED - The D.C. police officers shown in this portion of a photograph published in Sunday's editions of The Washington Post identified themselves falsely to a Post photographer. Correct identities: Lt. Joseph B. Maddox, Sgt. Ernest J. Dunlap and Sgt. Edward J. Seymour, all of 5th District. The Washington Post

It was a bright, brisk, almost-spring afternoon suitable for batting a softball around or flying a kite. Instead, a couple of hundred D.C. police officers were draining beers and commiserating with each other inside the dark confines of the Fraternal Order of Police Bar at 625 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

To an outsider, the conversation did not make a great deal of sense. Amid the din- and there was plenty of kin - anxious voices could be heard muttering about such matters as search warrants and auctioneer's licenses and accessories-after-the-fact.

"How about the destruction of the $25 piece of evidence?" asked a sergeant from internal affairs.

"No offense," said a knowing colleague.


"What about Maslow's theory?"

'That was easy. Self-actualization."

At this point a waitress appeared from out of nowhere and said something coherent. "Do you all have any empties for me?" she asked, and the table coughed up half a dozen expired cans of Pudweiser and Miller Lite.

The FOP bar is not usually filled to capacity on a Saturday afternoon. But yesterday was no ordinary Saturday afternoon. About 1,500 officers, sergeants and lieutenants had just emerged from doing battle with the police promotional exam, which is given just once every two years. They had spent only three or fours hours with the exam itself, but many had been gearing up for it for months.

"I studied my tail off...I think I did all right," said Detective P.J. Lilly of the homicide squad. "But I don't think I'll be promoted," he added matter-of-factly.

The consensus was that it had been a reasonable exam. "In the old days," said Lt. Edwin R. Casey, "they would throw a question at you where there was nothing on paper to say it was right or wrong. It was just the opinion of the hierarchy."

At Casey's table the exam question that was getting the most flak was number 29 on the multiple choice. An officer takes a robbery report in which the following items are stolen: $50 in cash, $200 in traveler's checks, a $60 money order, and $30 in food stamps that cost the owner $15. What is the value that officer should place on the prperty taken?

After due deliberation, the officers at table decided that the correct answwe was $65.50, counting the cash as $50, the food stamps as $15, and the money order and traveler's checks as 25 cents each. "That's appealable," said somebody to general murmurs of approval.

"It was a hard test. It was," said Officer Marilyn Hershey, an eight-year veteran assigned to the 3rd District. "This was the first time I ever really studied, and I put forth a concerted effort,"