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Can bipolar people be POs?

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When I was 12, I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.  I have not had any issues with it, being on medication.  Since I was in High School, I have wanted to be a cop, which I recently realized that it may not work out.  Being a college student pursuing a degree in criminology, my question is whether my bipolar would affect my chances of being a probation or parole officer?

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Each state, each department has its own policies regarding the requirements, including what conditions are accepted or non-factors. If you are on medication and have little instances in which your disorder affects your daily living, it may not even be an issue. I would suggest that you contact the agencies that you are interested in and ask them prior to initiating the process. Good luck to you in your endeavors. As a side note, what made you realize that becoming a cop may not work out?

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Will it affect your chances, probably.  Will it prevent you from law enforcement, or parole/probation.  That depends on the agency.  You will need to ask as rules vary like corylovessandrea says.

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While I haven't yet talked to any professors or agencies about it, I have gone to various forums online that are for cops or questions for cops, and the vast majority said that being bipolar would be a liability if the agency were to get sued due to me needing to discharge my weapon or something like that.

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While I haven't yet talked to any professors or agencies about it, I have gone to various forums online that are for cops or questions for cops, and the vast majority said that being bipolar would be a liability if the agency were to get sued due to me needing to discharge my weapon or something like that.


 



Why don't you just call and ask agencies you're looking into working for? Like you have already been told.


Going around asking different LEOs on different sites isn't going to get you the answer you're looking for, just ideas of what some might think, and a whole lot of advice to go call the agencies. Even if someone online says it won't stop you, the department who you're applying for still has the ultimate authority of if it will be an issue or  not. So again, just like others have suggested, call the agencies you're interested and talk to a recruiter.


If you plan on sticking around here after your question gets answered please, read the TOU and go post an introduction in the introduction forum so we can learn a little more about you. 


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Yes, call and axe.

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uncledennis1 says ...



Yes, call and axe.



Hahaha. I would not suggest an axe.


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it didn't stop me.


"You can get much further with a kind word and a gun than with a kind word alone"- Al Capone

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Please lets make this a verified only section I'm sick of this crap!


The above comments are soley those of the poster and in no way reflect the position of the Department of Corrections.

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Having works applicants I can tell you that I would doubt any law enforcement agency would hire you for a position where you could carry a firearm. The liability would be massive.

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uncledennis1 says ...



Yes, call and axe.



lol.



lol indeed.