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Hello all! I am currently seeking a career in law enforcement and I am looking for input from people in the field to get a realistic idea of what type of chance I actually have at securing a position. To give you all a little bit of background about my self I am 26 yrs old currently serving in the military with about 9 months left on my enlistment. It's a good gig and I've managed to become fairly successfully rather quickly, but I've always wanted to work in law enforcement. I've got 85 credits towards my bacholers in criminal justice and have been completing tons of ride alongs with different departments in the region. I recently applied to be a volunteer at the local sheriff's dept. and I'm hoping to hear back soon. The things that cast doubt in my mind to whether or not I'd be hired are related to my background.


1. Every application I've seen asks for parents contact information. Unfortunately I don't have a good relationship with my mom. She abuses perscription medication, which makes her pretty crazy therefore I haven't spoken to her in almost ten years. She's unpredictable and doesn't like me just as much as I don't like her so if someone were to ask questions about me I'm pretty sure she'd drag my name through the mud just to spite me.


2. I've been working since I was 15 and have had a few jobs all where I have excelled except for one where I was let go due to the struggling economy. However I think my boss was just trying to spare my feelings because soon after I left he replaced me. I never did anything really wrong there- but I was the last one hired and most unexperienced/worst mechanic in the shop.


3. I tried marijuana twice when I was 15- I've done alot of research and don't think that should be much of an issue.


4. The worst thing I've ever done and the thing I'm most ashamed of that I regret everyday is the fact I have solicted an escort before. I was being young and dumb. That was before I was in the military like 3-4 years ago. Hasn't happend since and will never happen again.


Now with all these factors combined what are my chances of getting hired as a police officer? Does any one have any suggestions to how I could explain these factors to a background investigator? Also, I understand that becoming a police officer is extremely competitive and hard to do so I'm also considering applying for a positon in corrections- what are my chances there? Thank you all for your time and any input you may or may not have.

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 First off thanks for your service brother. Second I would not worry about someone calling your mother and asking questions. As long as you mention your history with her on the application or the officer that will handle the application. 


Don't worry about the job thing. We've all had problems with work. Nothing we can about it. Put it on the application what happened, no sugar coating it or put in your opinion what might have happened. Just write down the truth. 


On your drug use and escort past. All you can do is put it down on the application and let it fall where it may. Do not lie on the application, put it down cause it will come back if you don't. 


As far as your chances, none of can tell you that. That is something you will have to call the local departments and ask them. You will up against others that have no problems or drug use. In my opinion stay in the Army in some way, either reserve or NG. Because if your law enforcement career does not pan out you have something to fall back onto. Also use your GI bill and finish that degree.


You wouldn't go in there for a million bucks...A Cop does it for less...A Reserve does it for free....

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I don't see anything in your post that is insurmountable, o thatr will be an automatic DQ to your chances of landing a LE job......


"Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected."
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Good evening Michael and a hearty welcome to Poice Link.Thanks for your service fellow vet.Great you're getting your education.You will be finished with your degree work before I was.I definately concur with my two friends.You have a very minor"low grade" misdemeanor record which should NOT keep you off the job.I wouldn't be too concerned by what your Mother may report.Much good fortune in your future....Dave

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 First off thanks for your service brother. Second I would not worry about someone calling your mother and asking questions. As long as you mention your history with her on the application or the officer that will handle the application. 


Don't worry about the job thing. We've all had problems with work. Nothing we can about it. Put it on the application what happened, no sugar coating it or put in your opinion what might have happened. Just write down the truth. 


On your drug use and escort past. All you can do is put it down on the application and let it fall where it may. Do not lie on the application, put it down cause it will come back if you don't. 


As far as your chances, none of can tell you that. That is something you will have to call the local departments and ask them. You will up against others that have no problems or drug use. In my opinion stay in the Army in some way, either reserve or NG. Because if your law enforcement career does not pan out you have something to fall back onto. Also use your GI bill and finish that degree.



A background investigator worth his or her weight will be able to see through tthe rantings of a parent addict.  I aggree you should be fine.


The job thing held me back.  I left employment every two years or so because of better wages, medical insurance or school.  All good things I thought until one B/I told me that it might appear to some that I could not hold a job.  I spent the next 7 years at a job that I absoulutely dispised and dang near drove me to the poor house just so that I could show that I could hold a job.  Your saving grace there is the military.


The marijuana and your escourt will depend on time.  You stated that you smoked marijuana at age 15.  If that is it and you have over 10 years since then and you have remained clean, you should be fine.  The same would be said for the escort.  How long has it been since this incident and have you repeated it since.


Honesty and integrity is what it is about.  Sounds that you have learned some serious life lessons.  Good luck.

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Thank you all for your input and kind words. I greatly appreciate it!