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Can dumb kids grow up to be cops?

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Posted about 7 years ago

 

I think most of us have done some stupid crap in our youth that we now know wasn't our brightest move. I'm no different. I'm not going to lie, I tried pot, I had an argument with a girlfriend in which she unnecessarily freaked out and called the police (she thought I was going to harm myself, but nothing ever came of it because she mis-read the situation), etc. I've never gotten so much as a speeding ticket (knock on wood). Law enforcement is a something I've always considered as a potential career, but I've always been paranoid that someone will see these two red flags and veto that interest. (Which would be humiliating as hell for me!)

What are the general rules about stuff like this? Like I said, I've never been in trouble, per se...I've just done some stupid stuff as a kid. I know it'll vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, I'm just looking for a general answer.

Thanks and God Bless!

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

You think you're the only one who was a little rebelious as a teenager...c'mon. Most Police applicants have tried marijuana at least once and employers know this. Best advice I can give you is not to lie about it. Every application I have ever seen has asked if you have ever tried illegal drugs. Trying marijuana is not necessarily an eliminating factor...lying about it is. I'll need more information on the other incident; were you taken into custody? Were you evaluated by a mental health professional? You can assume that it will be found out about when your background check is performed. This is also not necesarrily an eliminating factor, but you need to be sure to explain the circumstances.

Good luck!

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

I applied to two departments and was disqualified from both during the background investigation. While I'd done some dumb stuff (although never any drugs, tickets, arrests, taken into custody, etc) I was completely upfront and honest about it all. The unfortunate situation was that I was bad-mouthed by two managers at a former job, and so the departments didn't think I was a worthwhile hire. Luckily, when I applied to my third department and explained it all to my background investigator he thoroughly looked into the matter and found that I had been telling the truth about everything (of course it helped that those two managers were fired from the company). But exactly as GTS said, make sure that you're super honest about EVERYTHING, even the dumbest stuff, or they'll find out about it. Also, if you have any job references that could possible give you a bad reference make sure to get your evaluations from them (if it's possible, and if they're positive evaluations) so that you can provide them to the BI.

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

I also have done it when i was 16, but i agree with GTS197 & AdamBall. dont lie about it it will come out in the poly they ask if you ever done drugs. good luck .

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

Don't worry about it. Like the others have said, just be completely honest if they ask about drugs or honesty etc. The best cops I knew are the ones that made the decision to become cops instead of criminals. Seems like a lot of us were somewhat edgy growing up. None were bullies but we stood up for ourselves and others and loved to live on the edge at times. Adrenaline junkies is another way to explain it so many of us were not squeaky clean guys but we were honest and never intentionally hurt people.

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

Being a LEO increases ones behavior accountability. We are under a microscope. A given behavior may be over looked for John or Jane Doe. But, the "same" behavior could cause credibility issues later in court or departmentally.

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

I do not know you age or your circumstances, but I will say that a start in the military would be a good beginning. You can use the Montgomery GI Bill to help pay for your college. This job centers around constitutional law...and constitutional law is best described as this big gray cloud with lots of case law thrown in the mix. Judges use it to determine if what we (police) did legally this year will now be illegal after they make their findings of fact and rule on the case. The more law education you have, the better you will be able to do this job. What, you may ask, is the latest example of court rulings and their effect on how the police do this job? Photo Line-Ups.