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Hello i am 25 have epilepsy and considering a career in law enforcement have respect for the men and women who are protecting me at night but because i have epilepsy i wonder if i COULD seize up while serving i haven't had a seizure in 14 years and i am about to go see a doctor but are there LEO's out there who have epilepsy? i fully believe that i can do my job i would just like some verification from those who are in the feild to re-assure me a little bit


I have 4 months until the academy!


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Do you have a driver's license?

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Yes i have a drivers license i have had it since i was 18.

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I think strobing emergency lights may cause you a problem.....

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Although restrictions are going to be different from department to department the biggest consideration is how long has it been since your last seizure and whether or not a doctor can mark your epilepsy as under control. But again you also need to check with the department you are interested in applying to.


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GTS197 says ...



I think strobing emergency lights may cause you a problem.....



Or strobing flashlights


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joe15003 says ...



Do you have a driver's license?



Doesn't really mean anything. I've taken many crash reports with people who have are having seizures (but not necessarily epilepsy).


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I'm with GTS and jlu on this one. Isn't strobes and flashing lights one of the main triggers for seizures. I would think it would be a liability issue. Say you're on a traffic stop, find out the driver is wanted for Homicide, and you have a seizure before you can detain him, due to the flashing blue (or whatever color) lights. Then what? I hate to bust your bubble, but I think you may have a real hard time with your condition.

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No offense but I don't think so due to the Liability issues, but who knows I have seen a lot of undesirables in Law Enforcement


 


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No offense but I don't think so due to the Liability issues, but who knows I have seen a lot of undesirables in Law Enforcement


 



i wont go there!  its wayyyyyyyy to easy and open for a come back.


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No offense but I don't think so due to the Liability issues, but who knows I have seen a lot of undesirables in Law Enforcement


 



You want to expand on that?

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I don't know if anyone is talking to me paticularly since i was the one posting this question but my theory is or the question therein is can i serve as a police officer with epilepsy? are there police officers with epilepsy? and am i hire-able if i get cleared from my physician to pursue a career in law enforcement? The general question within the whole is can i serve as a LEO with epilepsy? That is my question!!

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I am not an LEO, but I do think you need to consult your Physician. Your Doctor might be able to help you. As far as LE goes check with local departments.


I do know that strobe ir high intensity lights could possibly trigger an epileptic seizure. I have seen it a couple of times when I served as a Fire Fighter/EMT..


If you can't get into LE, there are other jobs that are crucial to LE like dispatch and working in a jail. You have a lot of options.


But do check with your Doctor..


Good luck..


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Ten8 says ...



No offense but I don't think so due to the Liability issues, but who knows I have seen a lot of undesirables in Law Enforcement


 


From a Non-Leo prospective, I think you should explain your theory on this.....

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Ten8 says ...



No offense but I don't think so due to the Liability issues, but who knows I have seen a lot of undesirables in Law Enforcement


 



You want to expand on that?



something tells me thats a big NO on his expansion.  the ice is thin and its starting to crack.  its getting warmer outside.  this one is about to go in with the fishes!!  SPLOOSH!


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I would like to thank RdnkFiredad For your response! I plan on seeing my physician on St. Patty's since he knows my medical background i will trust his word on what he says

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Wazny,


For what it's worth.  I will say that, I acknowledge your desire to be involved in LE.  But, I can only speak for the hiring practices within my State (Arkansas), and any person with a condition such as epilepsy would not be considered for hire as a police officer.  There is a considerable liability factor involved for you personally as well as the other officers working beside you, and the public.  I hope you can understand what I'm saying and not look at the situation as anything other than unfortunate, due to the nature of what LE officers are charged with doing.  I believe you would find the same situation for enlistment into the military, unless things have changed since I was in but, that was a long time ago.  I'm not sure where Ten8 was going with the "undesirable" remark where your post is concerned, and I don't believe anybody here is saying that you are an undesirable because of a medical condition.  There are many, many people who do not get hired as a cop for all sorts of reasons and some of those reasons are the result of physical requirements due to unfortunate personal circumstances.  It's just a matter of bad luck sometimes.         

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I personally know of at least one officer who has epilepsy and was hired.   He continues to serve as an officer with a neighboring agency.  The only issue is that of whether or not it is under control.  An epileptic is no different than a diabetic or somone whith asthma.  As long as it's being treated and is under control I don't think it should prevent you from being hired.  You should, though as others have suggested contact agencies you may want to apply to and ask the question. 

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Thank you mmmm for your response it is very re-assuring to hear that officers can serve with epilepsy

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I'm with GTS and jlu on this one. Isn't strobes and flashing lights one of the main triggers for seizures. I would think it would be a liability issue. Say you're on a traffic stop, find out the driver is wanted for Homicide, and you have a seizure before you can detain him, due to the flashing blue (or whatever color) lights. Then what? I hate to bust your bubble, but I think you may have a real hard time with your condition.



Whoever said that the flashing lights may be a problem, needs to research on epilepsy a little more. That form of epilepsy is actually rare. My fiancee has epilepsy, and can go around flashing lights no problem. Now they may give him a headache, but to my knowledge that hasnt been the cause of any of his seizures. There are many different forms, and he may not be bothered by the flashing lights. My fiancee is in the process of becoming a police officer, and has no problems so far.

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so you were 11 when you had your last seizure??? Did a Dr diagnose you as Epileptic? The reason why I ask  this  is  b/c there are many forms as seizures as well some are even brought on by high fevers... also there is a surgery that S/P cures it we  just read about it in my pyschology class on Tues.. not that anyone wants to run go have brain surgery but there are avenues to work around it.. God Bless you... I admire you for wanting to follow your dream unbiased by a condiction that you have best of luck with your future!!


just realized this is a old thread...oops owell.. that my 2 cents... :)


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 Dude you dont even have to disclose that stuff if you can function in day to day life, and its illegal for them to not hire you simply because your an epileptic, as long as you pass the physical, wich where im from includes seizure controle

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I want to take a moment to correct RyanB77 comments. Due to the nature of our work the physical is extensive. I can assure you the check list covers many topics to include the subject matter of this discussion. To not reveal a medical condition will DQ an applicant.

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Ryan, did you happen to notice two (2) very important things?: 1) This thread is 3 years old and 2) The original poster (OP) went anonymous since this thread began. That means the Original Poster is no longer here and most likely will not see your response.


And Uncledennis is correct. You MUST disclose any and all medical conditions as well as medications being taken. And you CAN be turned down for pre-existing medical conditions, depending on the medical condition.


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RyanB77 says ...



 Dude you dont even have to disclose that stuff if you can function in day to day life, and its illegal for them to not hire you simply because your an epileptic, as long as you pass the physical, wich where im from includes seizure controle


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 Dude you dont even have to disclose that stuff if you can function in day to day life, and its illegal for them to not hire you simply because your an epileptic, as long as you pass the physical, wich where im from includes seizure controle



04/02/13 Must be from somewhere other then the states since he spells which and controle differently.


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RyanB77 says ...



 Dude you dont even have to disclose that stuff if you can function in day to day life, and its illegal for them to not hire you simply because your an epileptic, as long as you pass the physical, wich where im from includes seizure controle



04/02/13 Must be from somewhere other then the states since he spells which and controle differently.



Probably from some foreign land Bill, like Chi-cago or somewhere like that.


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