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There are two things that I worry about in regards to the Background Investigation that I was wondering if somebody could tell me if it is a factor regarding whether or not I get hired. I know it is different by departments but I am just looking for a general idea here.


I am a 21 year old Security Supervisor and College student with about 11 months to go before I obtain my Bachelors degree in CJ. As I look at my past there are only two things that worry me.


 


 1) I tried marijuana one time right after I turned 18. I didn't even take two breaths before I realized how stupid it was and I never touched it again.


 2) When I was 12 years old I got in legal trouble for "Breaking and Entering". My best friend was on vacation and I decided to go into his garage and skateboard on his ramp. The door was locked and I found a way to push the door open and the neighbor spotted me and called the police. When they got back from vacation his mom decided to press charges on everybody involved and that obviously included me. It was expunged from my record after I did 4 hours of community service. I was only 12 and at the time I didn't realize what kind of trouble I was getting myself into.


 


Really those are the two worst things I have done in regards to applying to Law Enforcement agencies. I have already passed a background investigation for the Department of Corrections but I know that DOC here isn't considered law enforcement and they don't have access to expunged records anyways. My question is, will any of this actually hurt my chances or am I just worried over nothing?

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 So long as you are honest with the background investigator these two things should not exclude you from employemnt.  The best advice is to be up front and tell the background investigator during his/her interview.  The worse thing you can do is try to hid something.  

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I intend to be completely honest. I just know there are people out there who are squeaky clean and I just wanted to make sure this isn't a setback.

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Axe the agency.

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Neither one of the mentioned events should adversly affect your chances of becoming a leo.Rest assured,however that if you have been advised said record has been expunged and /or,as many states say"your juvenile record is sealed",it is neither.Somebody,somewhere DOES maintain your record,no matter what age you were when said offense took place.In the city where I did my first twenty five ,our Juvenile section maintained all such records.

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 Not to sound crass, but why do people go on a forum and ask the members of a site what their opinions are on your background. If you've gone so far to even apply most if not ALL depts will give a list of disqualifiers. My advice is... read them! If you do not have any D.Q's, then continue ahead, be completely honest and do the best you can. If you have concerns that you are actually concerned about, contact the agencies recruiter. They will be glad to help you. Agencies vary on what they will allow, and what will wash you. Capitalize on your positive attributrs, if you have any, and what you can offer to the dept. Nobody's perfect, and you can't change the past. So hope that helps... Oh, and by the way one puff. two or the I never inhaled response doesn't make a difference. You partool in the use of an illegal activitu, period. Good luck


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 Oh, and sorry for the huge amount of typo's in my last response. Fat fingers.lol


"People sleep peacefully in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf. "

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 Wow! Lastly, to say DOC isn't a law enforcement agency, and doesn't have access to expunged records is absurd. Where do you get your info? Might wanna watch how you're wording things on here partner. There are some very honorable Correctional Police Officers and Deputies who risk their lives every day in the line of duty that may take some big time offense to that inaccurate statement. I'd say your mentioned concerns may be less to worry about than your lack of knowledge in the L.E. world. again, learn, learn, learn. Best of luck to ya


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Thank you for the responses. I must need to clarify my statement. In my state as a Correctional Officer you are not considered a law enforcement officer (State Department I am referring to). That is a fact. I am not trying to offend anybody in anyway because I too have respect for Correctional Officers just as much as any Police Officer.


Also I know that many agencies have their automatic disqualifying factors. My worries were from a competitive standpoint and I was asking for general knowledge of whether or not a typical agency would choose another candidate over me based on those factors.


Thanks anyways.


 

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 I certainly do not think you are trying to offend anyone. To reply to your comment, Im not sure what state you are in, but as far as a Correctional Officer being a police officer. No they are not. However, State  DOC and Federal FBOP are SWORN Peace Officers. Each Statw carries it's own statute for this. Of course Federal has their own. As far as County, I do know some employ civilian CSO's to operate their jails, however mist Detention or Correctional Deputies are sworn personell as well. I served as a State C/O and had sworn status. Some States now even require their C/O's to carry a POST cert. Where others require a minimal if a CTA cert. Then again, you have private prison's who's Officer's ARE civilians with no sworn status. Again, best of luck, and again. My advice is educate yourself the best you can. By the way, I understand your need to wonder from a competitive standpoint. Keep at it, if you are meant for the job, Im sure you'll make it, but be careful how you lumo agencies and Ifficers, etc. There are several types of sworn law enforcement officers who risk life and limb everyday. Take it easy.


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 Again, damn typo's.


 


(Did you know you can go in and edit your typo's?)


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Shouldn't be a problem.


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