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Posted about 7 years ago

 

I know I am going to be a cop, but I have a past that may not look perfect in a background investigation. When I left the military, I wasn't in good mental state. I had just got divorced and it wasn't my idea. I had an incidnet with the military police on base as I was getting out, and was escorted to the front gate. I spent the next several weeks on the streets of Seattle trying to figure out what I was going to do with the rest of my life. I was picked up by an officer and taken to mental institution by an officer that said I was displaying signs of suicide. I really wasn't but he took me anyway. There was another issue after this that involved an arrest for tresspassing, but no charges were filed. I am very mentally stable now, and I am getting on track. What advice can anyone give me regarding explaining this?

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That will all be determined by your backround investigation.

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background investigations as one good cop said.

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What meds are you taking on a daily basis? tresspass is usually incident to another violation, if so what prompted the police to be called on you for tresspass. you say an officer said you were displaying signs of being suicidal then said you really wasn't but now you say you are stable, which is it ? were you unstable then and are stable now? what was the "incident" that had you escorted of the military base? what is meant by i spent the next several weeks on the streets? does that mean you were homeless?

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

If you are considering a LEO career, you must think about a few things. LEOs are bombarded with gut wrenching, heart tearing, mind boggling, piss me off, piss you off, psycho, victim, bullsh-t and life or death situations on a daily basis. Cops have hearts, feelings, emotions, basically they are human just like everyone else. Things get to a Cop the same as anyone else.

The difference is that a LEO has to learn to repress or redirect those emotions in order to take care of the matter at hand. They are not indifferent, they are objective. It's called "Line of duty" or "Professionalism".

I can tell from your post that situations that have affected you affected you very deeply causing you perhaps to act out of character which can happen. But it seems to have happened a lot. As a LEO, not only are you expected to handle your own personal demons, but those of everyone you come in contact with. It's a near impossible task and it takes a certain personality type to handle that kind of pressure.

The only one who truly knows if you can handle the pressure is you, however, if you have any doubt, no matter how small, I would consider another road. From your post, the only one effected so far from your situations is you. As a LEO, if you became disoriented and acted wrongly because of it, it would effect all those around you, LEO and Civilian alike.

You aren't looking for advise, you're looking for justification. You are looking for someone to tell you that you can do it because deep down you don't think you can do it yourself. You won't get that from me. Your post shows a lot of self denial on your part and what you need is to assess yourself. Your own strengths and weaknesses. Anaylize how you deal with yourself and others and then ask yourself, would that work on the street? Background investigations and interviews are fine, but if you make it past all that, in the end you have to KNOW that you can perform at all cost.

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Thank you so much for your reply and your advice. You are right, I need to assess myself and list my stregnths and weeknesses. I can explain what happen when I got out of the Military, and it is up to the department to determine if I can continue. I know down in my heart that I have to come to a point where I have extreeme confidence in my self. You read right past what my post actually said and hit the nail on the head. Thank you for your advice!

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I obviously didn't tell the entire story for time sake, but I was never on any medication. I was discharged the following day from that institution.

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If you were an inpatient at a mental institution that may have influence the decision on your employment. Mental status is a big issue for cops. But it would be up to the investigator on that. And if questioned on this you are better off telling the truth. You will most likely be taking a psycholigical test and a polygraph prior to employment.

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

As a veteran looking into a career that requires a great deal of mental stress and structure why don't you go to your local VA and check into their outpatient treatment programs where you have the opportunity to get some counseling to determine if you are actually ready to be an officer. If you are still in Seattle ask them to send you out to the treatment program in Tacoma (I forgot the name) its by a lake and extremely relaxing.
Besides, don't you have to go to school and all? You have to be fully physically and mentally ready to take on that kind of a challenge.

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I am not here to reply on the comment this has to do with myself . I am a 37 years old I apply to become a cop in 2006 . I passed the test but i never went to college dont have the 60 college credits that they ask even though i think i would have been a good cop for the fact this is the only thing i wanted to do since a child when ever some one ask me what do you want to be when i got older my answer would be a cop . My father was a cop back in my native country Dominican Republic I find it sad that that is the only thing i ever dream of doing and becoming a cop to protect and help people being that i was marry to a guy who used to abuse me mentally and fisical and is the only thing i ever wanted to do is be a COP. I feel so sad for the fact that i never got a chance in other jobs people usally get a chance to prove there ability to do the work i was never given that chance. I am in verry good shape I would had made a big difference i would had been given the chance to prove myself .

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

where have you applied to be a police officer, gisel ?