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My question is, I am colorblind but very interested in becoming a police officer.  I have applied to the police academy at the local community college and they do not require you to take a colorblind test.  Although, I have heard that many departments will not hire anyone that cannot pass the Ishihara color test.  I am just worried about getting out of the academy and not being able to get a job due to the color problem.  Just looking for some information and personal experiences.  Thanks

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We don't hire colorblind, and I am pretty sure most Depts do not.  I have been through a couple hiring processes, and with all a colorblind test was part of the process.


Possibly dispatch or corrections or there may be some Depts out there that would hire you.

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I know that the FBI DQ for certain color blindness, I don't think that most others do unless it is severe distinguish in red/green.

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I am able to tell all colors, where I have the problem is telling very similiar shades of blues and greens.  For example if you put two different types of blue next to eachother they will both look blue to me. ie. dark blue and medium blue look the same.  This sucks.

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I am able to tell all colors, where I have the problem is telling very similiar shades of blues and greens.  For example if you put two different types of blue next to eachother they will both look blue to me. ie. dark blue and medium blue look the same.  This sucks.



That being the case it may not be a problem then.  You need to talk to who ever is in charge of hiring at the agency you wish to work for.


Also be sure to make your intro post in the Introductions forum. 

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I worked with an officer who was colorblind. I don't know a lot about the variations of colorblindness (or the specifics of his condition), but he obviously met the Arizona standards. I don't recall him having any issues, but he did tell stories about sometimes having to ask people what color their car was when writing them a ticket.

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I'm sure there is a minimum standard that you have to test higher then. Like Flerd said, contact the agency you want to work for, and ask them. They'll be able to tell you exactly where you need to be at.


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Sorry you're probably out of luck unless you try some of the small sheriff's departments.


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some depts do, some dont.  It may depend on the severity of the condition (complete or just part spectrum).  I worked with a guy that was color blind and thanks to that condition he was able to nab a murder suspect; BOLO went out for a white vehicle, he stopped a yellow vehicle because he thought it was white and it actually had the bad guy in it!


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some depts do, some dont.  It may depend on the severity of the condition (complete or just part spectrum).  I worked with a guy that was color blind and thanks to that condition he was able to nab a murder suspect; BOLO went out for a white vehicle, he stopped a yellow vehicle because he thought it was white and it actually had the bad guy in it!




Off topic, but related. In WWII they used colorblind analysts to look over reconnaissance photos as their eyes were not fooled by the colors in camouflage used to mask strategic emplacements. Yes, I'm a history dork.


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jls8901 says ...



some depts do, some dont.  It may depend on the severity of the condition (complete or just part spectrum).  I worked with a guy that was color blind and thanks to that condition he was able to nab a murder suspect; BOLO went out for a white vehicle, he stopped a yellow vehicle because he thought it was white and it actually had the bad guy in it!





 

Off topic, but related. In WWII they used colorblind analysts to look over reconnaissance photos as their eyes were not fooled by the colors in camouflage used to mask strategic emplacements. Yes, I'm a history dork.



That's pretty darn cool, IMO...I didn't know that.  Thanks for the factoid, Sarge

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 I know a lot of people are disappointed when they fail the color test and can't get their dream job. But after doing some research online I found my solution. I found and went to a dr in Maryland who was able to help me with my color blindness, and I was able to get my dream job as a Police Officer. Check out the web sitewww.not telling. He has been 100% successful and has helped many others with their career's!


Hope this info will help and give you some light to getting closer to your dream!
 

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 I know a lot of people are disappointed when they fail the color test and can't get their dream job. But after doing some research online I found my solution. I found and went to a dr in Maryland who was able to help me with my color blindness, and I was able to get my dream job as a Police Officer. Check out the web site www.not telling He has been 100% successful and has helped many others with their career's!


Hope this info will help and give you some light to getting closer to your dream!
 

Other than sounding like a blatant commercial, I must disagree with using this product. Does the user of this product truthfully admit to their department that their colorblindness correction is only due to mechanical intervention? What happens when they lose their glasses/contacts during an operational actviity?


 


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jls8901 says ...



some depts do, some dont.  It may depend on the severity of the condition (complete or just part spectrum).  I worked with a guy that was color blind and thanks to that condition he was able to nab a murder suspect; BOLO went out for a white vehicle, he stopped a yellow vehicle because he thought it was white and it actually had the bad guy in it!





 

Off topic, but related. In WWII they used colorblind analysts to look over reconnaissance photos as their eyes were not fooled by the colors in camouflage used to mask strategic emplacements. Yes, I'm a history dork.



Wow that's awesome.


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In NY, color-blindness is a dis-qualifier. I've heard of many depts. that is the same way, and for good reason; not just vehicle colors, and traffic lights, but suspect descriptions with clothing and such, and house colors. There are other tests that can be performed in place of the ishihara, but that's whether or not the state's civil service dept. will allow it.


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I see the original discussion of this post is 11mo old but it seems to have come back to life.  I know 2 officers that have color blindness but I am not sure on types and degrees etc. of how this works or affects you.   In reference to the comment on the  what to do if the glasses/contatcs fall of during an operational activity I bet the effects are less than someone nearsighted losing their glass.   But before I enroll in an academy I would contact the agencies you are interested in applying to first and see if they DQ you or not B4 wasting time and money.

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jls8901 says ...



some depts do, some dont.  It may depend on the severity of the condition (complete or just part spectrum).  I worked with a guy that was color blind and thanks to that condition he was able to nab a murder suspect; BOLO went out for a white vehicle, he stopped a yellow vehicle because he thought it was white and it actually had the bad guy in it!




Off topic, but related. In WWII they used colorblind analysts to look over reconnaissance photos as their eyes were not fooled by the colors in camouflage used to mask strategic emplacements. Yes, I'm a history dork.




That so cool!

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As stated obviously an old topic.


In Australia it was once frowned upon but now its a simple further test to see the level. Green defeciency is considered safe, as is blue, however a red defeciency is unsafe. there are official terms but i forget them. It generally isnt a bother if you are safe, which i am and have been a cop for 4 years now.


Moral of the story, come to Australia. We are in dire need of cops everywhere.