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Posted over 7 years ago

 

This topic has come up several times at work.

That is when you apply with a law enforcement agency they do a complete background into your past.

Mostly they look into illegal activities and drug use.

Now the question is if you were in another country and committed an act that would be considered illegal in the US but was totally legal in that country could that be held disqualify you from employment? Examples: Prostitution and Drug Use.

Now I passed my background and polygraph so no I’m not talking about me.

But I am looking for some opinions and to see if anyone has encountered this before.


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One of the agencies I worked for stated at the very beginning of our polygraph they were more interested in honesty about our background then in some indescretion i.e. drug use. In other words as long as it was not a serious offense, they could live with it as long as we did not lie about it. Several of my fellow officers said they had used drugs in the past, but still got hired. I think a lot of it has to do with how recently the use or act is.

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DCTracker said:

One of the agencies I worked for stated at the very beginning of our polygraph they were more interested in honesty about our background then in some indescretion i.e. drug use. In other words as long as it was not a serious offense, they could live with it as long as we did not lie about it. Several of my fellow officers said they had used drugs in the past, but still got hired. I think a lot of it has to do with how recently the use or act is.

Honesty is the best policy. As was already stated minor things are not a problem as long as you are forthcoming. The problem arises when the investigator uncovers information what as fabricated or an out right lie.

Based on the many I have done and seen. A large % have been eliminated from the process for lying about something that in the long run would not have been a big problem. ex...limited drug use in their teens or several years ago in their distant past.


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Fender1604 said:

This topic has come up several times at work.

That is when you apply with a law enforcement agency they do a complete background into your past.

Mostly they look into illegal activities and drug use.

Now the question is if you were in another country and committed an act that would be considered illegal in the US but was totally legal in that country could that be held disqualify you from employment? Examples: Prostitution and Drug Use.

Now I passed my background and polygraph so no I’m not talking about me.

But I am looking for some opinions and to see if anyone has encountered this before.

The prior activites issue yopu brought up would fall under "moral character". If you were running a brothel while growing poppy fields of Papaver somniferum - H, you might have a problem.