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Hello Police Link!  My name is Nick.  I am, and have been VERY interested in a career as a LEO. 


A little bit about my backround.  I am almost 26 years old. I am 5'7, 140lbs and physically fit.  Have never been arrested for anything, NEVER smoked weed or experimented with ANY drug at all.  I did do a little under age drinking from 19-21 age.  Currently I do not drink, but even in the past when I have drank it was social drinking. 


I believe the WORSE thing I have done was fairly recently which entailed me taking a few of my roomates perscription pain killesr for my diagnosed "Bicep Tendonitis."    At the time I took these pain pills, I did not have any pain killers perscribed to me, but upon next visit to the doctor, I got my own prescription.  I did not take the pain killers for any sort of "high or gain" it was purely for reduction of pain.  But since it was my MY perscription, I know that looks pretty bad.  


I am also mentioned in a police report where the charge was rape.  I want to make clear that I was NOT at the house when this event happened but arrived later.  Long story short, my girlfriend and I were staying at her friends house.  Me and my GF were 45 minutes away at another friends birthday party at the time.  When we got back to the place that we were staying (which is the residence that the rape occured) my gf went to bed and I went to Wal-Mart.  Upon getting back to the residence, I heard the natural sounds of sex in one of the rooms, nothing that sounded like a femal struggling.   It sounded purely like they were having a good time.   Later on in the evening, when the victim/femal sobered up, she was screaming and running around yelling she had been raped.  I know that it looks REALLY bad that I was there although I had nothing to do with it.  And these people were not my friends, more of people I knew, acquaintances.


FORGOT TO MENTION (Also had a misdemeanor Driving with expired license that was dropped/dismissed in court) I have three speeding tickets (all of which are over 4 years ago), a "loud music" ticket, exhaust, and window tint fix-it tickets (over 3 years ago) that I know of.  I also had one "at fault" fender bender way back when I was 16 or so.   


I graduated high school, have a few college credits; some of which are in Criminal Justice.  I was a Boy Scout and did reach the rank of Eagle Scout when I was younger.  I have gone on at least two ride-alongs so far and I am also scheduled for more ride-alongs.  I will also be going to a 13 week "Citizen's Academy" which gives a broad description on police services.


I already applied to a Sheriff Position.  Passed the written, Passed the Physical, but failed the oral :(  


I  also plan on "self-sponsoring" myself in the up comming Academy here in July 2012.  I have been trying to research everything and do EVERYTHING that is going to give me an edge on becomming and LEO.  


Thank you for reading, Any input will be appreciated!

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You do have some baggage. Be honest with the agencies.

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Why, yes you do! Just be honest, as long as you were not involved in the rape allegation the only other thing would be the prescription drug use.  I've seen folks with worse issues get hired!  Good luck!

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Yea, I assumed I have some baggage.  To elaborate on the "rape case" It was back in 07 and I had only been staying at that residence for approx 2-3 weeks when this happened. It isnt like it was a long term residence and as soon as this happened I did not stick around.

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 you probably will.

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I wouldn't necessarily classify your issues as "baggage," more like life experiences. The prescription pill usage, while technically frowned upon, really isn't that big of a deal. The fact you went to a doctor afterward for a diagnosed injury and were prescribed pain medications yourself certainly makes it more understandable.


The other issue is again, not a big deal. Involvement in, or prior knowledge a crime is going to be committed, is one thing. But just being in the same house a crime was committed in? That's a simple case of being in the wrong place, at the wrong time. 


You should still divulge these incidents during your interview/background investigation process, but they aren't going to be deal breakers in and of themselves. Your pluses definitely outweigh the negatives. Best of luck with your future endeavors....

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You should still divulge these incidents during your interview/background investigation process, but they aren't going to be deal breakers in and of themselves. Your pluses definitely outweigh the negatives. Best of luck with your future endeavors....


Thank you MH557.... I did divulge and will in future times.  I have a copy of the full police report of the incident.

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I don't think anybody is going look as much into your past as you are. You are going to be your worst critic. I've done some background investigations, and what I would find in your past is; no criminal convictions, and few traffic tickets. Everything else is going to come from your disclosure. Do know that most officers are trained and can tell when you are being dishonest or are with-holding information. Be honest, and I don't think you'll have an issue concerning what you've posted. 


However, getting into LE is pretty difficult. You are going to have to show that you poessess something valuable that a department wants. You do not have much experience that you have talked about. A few college credits, in my opinion, almost looks worse than no college at all. If you have a substantial amount of credits then it might not be so bad. 


Some things you can do to be more marketable would be finish your degree, military, corrections, reserves, good work history, volunteer work.....

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I don't think anybody is going look as much into your past as you are. You are going to be your worst critic. I've done some background investigations, and what I would find in your past is; no criminal convictions, and few traffic tickets. Everything else is going to come from your disclosure. Do know that most officers are trained and can tell when you are being dishonest or are with-holding information. Be honest, and I don't think you'll have an issue concerning what you've posted. 


However, getting into LE is pretty difficult. You are going to have to show that you poessess something valuable that a department wants. You do not have much experience that you have talked about. A few college credits, in my opinion, almost looks worse than no college at all. If you have a substantial amount of credits then it might not be so bad. 


Some things you can do to be more marketable would be finish your degree, military, corrections, reserves, good work history, volunteer work..... 


Schultzy04 - thank you for telling him on that.


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I myself have been asking the same question. I am 21, with speeding tickets (one over 100MPH) and a "at fault" parking lot accident. My driving record scares me the most when coming into law enforcement. I am also putting myself through a police academy in June. All the school is the same and underage drinking 18-21. I have tried weed but that's it. I believe if you made it that far then so can I. Hopefully we both can make it. 

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Just be honest with agencies as you have been here. Worst case scenario they tell you to come back in 1-5 years when some time has passed between the worst of it and your application time. I couldn't see you as being unhireable. Apply and talk to agencies. Don't worry about failing your oral board. The more oral boards you do, the better you get at them. I did around 25 before getting hired, placing everywhere from 1st to failing. Good luck.

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Would you hire me? (your question/topic name)      No.


 


That is because I do not do the hiring around here.


 


 


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I agree you do have some explaining to do, in depth. I would also recommend you work on your communication skills as far as the oral board, eye contact, sitting still and such. Be very truthful and don't stumble on your answers

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lanier38345 says ...



 You  have to have a clean record, no tickets, no drugs arrest and you can't have no Dui at all not even to be around people who do drugs . This means you have to have a squeaky clean record.



Lanier.. you might want to do a little research on what you just said.... "..... not even to be around people who do drugs."   That is not true.  An applicant for a LEO position, who may have been around people doing drugs in their past, is not an automatic disqualifier.  


I will tell you what can be a disqualifier:  Not knowing how to write sentences; poor grammar, poor punctuation, poor spelling, and poor sentence structure.  Just sayin'


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Character Counts> Be honest stay clean> few credits>need more LE Degree>ridealong citizen academy a taste of LE at best! COMMUNICATION COMMUNICATION COMMUNICATION VERBAL AND WRITTEN. Start with lower level non-licensed LE jobs work way up.