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Step 6: Prepare For Your Background Check

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Step 6: Prepare For Your Background Check

The background check may be the most invasive experience you’ve had in your life. Everything about you will be checked out. Your character, your finances, your driving and criminal records. There information here will help you prepare for the background investigation:


Be honest and upfront

Tell your friends and family

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    BennyC01

    almost 5 years ago

    4 Comments

    So if I had a felony from when i was 14 am I automatically disqualified? Im not worried about telling them, just worried about the fact that I will be denied even though my record now shows that I've changed.

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    JFULFORD

    almost 5 years ago

    24 Comments

    ALL READY TO GO... NEVER GOT A TICKET IN LIFE UNLESS YOU CALL A WORNING;.. FOR SPEEDING CLOSE BY WHERE THE SPEED GOES UP,WHERE I BOOTED UP MY SPEED TO SOON. OOPS ON MY PART...NEVER DID THAT AGAIN.

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    Mark_Oliver_23

    over 5 years ago

    4 Comments

    what if I have some traffic tickets that are unpayed can that stop me from getting in the academy

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    guarddog45

    over 5 years ago

    218 Comments

    I really like the way that you are breaking down the process for becoming a LEO. If you think that you can beat the system, guess what...you can't. You should also reconsider why you want to become a LEO if lying (or even worse in my opinion)or writing misleading information on your application is something you are thinking about doing, figuring that no one is going to find out. Please...they always find out and then you won't get in because you lied, or were evasive, and you want to become a LEO why??? People who lie always think that "everyone else does it" or that they won't get caught. I find it is easier to remember the truth than trying to recall anything that I made up(I'm actually not very good at that...just trying to remember what I did last week can sometimes be hard enough, ya know?!) Not a saint, but not a lier either. It will be hard enough to sit in a room with people that are interviewing you on a multitude of facts, trying not to get upset or confused. I am not looking forward to it, but am going to ask everyone I know connected with Security/Law Enforcement their tips on getting through it. GuardDog45

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    Chimom

    over 5 years ago

    2 Comments

    How long does it take for the process after you have taken and passed CJBAT and the pt ??

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    714kar

    over 5 years ago

    8 Comments

    Nothing to hide, I was a bad kid! My driving uhhhhhh........ I like to go fast! But I don't like to break the law! After all, we are ONLY HUMAN!

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    Anonymous

    over 5 years ago

    I personally think if you are so worried about whats in your background, than maybe you have more to hide than we know.... I went through the polygraph and it was easy. Aside from being super nervous from being hooked up to the machine, I passed. So don't worry! Unless you have something to hide you should be okay.

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    2bthe1

    over 5 years ago

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    i went back into the military part time. I experimented with coke 1 time. I did not tell the military about this because it was so long ago, will this hurt me going through backgrounds....will the background investigator ask the military about me doing coke

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    mugs2782

    over 5 years ago

    8 Comments

    good article

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    scooter_cfh

    over 5 years ago

    2 Comments

    Do you need to have good credit to be a cop. i dont have a great driving record either. can someone email me everything i need to know about becoming a cop scooter_cfh@yahoo.com

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    blose373

    over 5 years ago

    22 Comments

    hmmm im not sure

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    RGillian0202

    almost 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    question! what if you have been married twice and you have a clean record with no tickets citations or felony. You have not gotten your high school diploma until you were 37 now you start college and thinking about becomeing a cop. could you do it, and would here be any branch hire you.

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    CPES_603

    almost 6 years ago

    16 Comments

    Bbarto, you will be disqualified from any police hiring process, sorry. A felony conviction automatically prevents you from legally owning a firearm, which is an obvious necessity for a police officer. You're without a doubt out of luck on this one.

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    CPES_603

    almost 6 years ago

    16 Comments

    Bigred, it depends how long ago the suspension was. It doesn't look good, but there are worse things that they will be worried about like drug use, DUIs, criminal convictions, etc.

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    Anonymous

    almost 6 years ago

    this gave me a lot of good information

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