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I understand that LEO need to take a polygraph test. My question is that I have read that it is in fact illegal in my state of Massachusetts for employers to submit candidates to polygraphs tests.


My question is if this is true. Even the requirments to become a state trooper in Massachusetts doesn't mention a polygraph test. I have nothing to hide it's just I've heard stories about good people being turned down because of this test. 



 

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Is it pretty much understood that if you don't take it willingly then don't bother applying for the job?

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I would say your second statement nails it.It is similar to the law in the vast majority of states that you must submit to a breath test,You have the option to refuse,BUT,you will lose your license and have to pay an additional fine.Life is replete with options...Dave

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Doug---I looked with interest upon the second paragraph of your first post in which you state you have heard stories of good people turned down due to the polygraph.If an individual is " Turned Down"due to the results of a polygraph it simply means that he/she was either evasive or just downright lied.Is this the type of "Good Person" you would care to see wearing a badge?The results of a polygraph are a test of a persons honesty,integrity and character and ARE administrated by professionals.

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Aren't polygraph results inadmissible as evidence in a court of law?


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I had to look into this topic for a criminal justice class I was taking. Polygraphs are not allowed to be used for consideration for a job. There is a law regarding this topic but I dont remember where I found it. There is an exemption for Law enforcement to be able to use polygraphs as part of the hiring process.

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 Most Law Enforcement agancies REQUIRE a polygraph and psychological examination as well as a drug test prior to hiring a police officer and some civilion positions within the department.  If you refuse any of the tests you will be dropped from the hiring process. It is required by P.O.S.T. 


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buddy23 says ...



I had to look into this topic for a criminal justice class I was taking. Polygraphs are not allowed to be used for consideration for a job. There is a law regarding this topic but I dont remember where I found it. There is an exemption for Law enforcement to be able to use polygraphs as part of the hiring process.


 


You might want to go back and look again.  Supreme Court has ruled on this issue that police agencies can polygraph police officers not only for new hires, but any time the agency requests it.  Some agencies have policies that they will require them under some circumstances, some don't use them at all.  Just depends on the agency.



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Amen .bump and a big,as it should be JIMROC.I don't know of a leo agency who hasn't used them since the invention of same...Wheather a polygraph results are admissable in a :"Court Of Law" or not is immaterial.The hireing of a leo does not go through a court of law.

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Dave,


I was not saying anything about the LEO hiring process, rather it is a question from a non-LEO.


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To the OP. You may be getting way ahead of yourself. Relax and take a deep breath.

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I understand your question Doc,my bad,my friend.I believe you are correct in what you posted.

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 Hey guys sorry for late reply. The reason I ask is because I have heard of people failing when they were asked if they do illegal drugs. Now whether or not they did them and lied is a different story. I have never done drugs in my life, havent even tried pot. I dont drink alcohol either, although I have tried beer but I think it tastes too bitter. Whether you believe me or not is up to you, however based on stories I've read I could get false positive readings right?

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 False positive or not the point is moot. You can either take the polygraph and go along with the hiring process or decline it and keep working where you are. It is cut and dry. If the agency requires it, do it. Fight the agency on it and I will guarantee you will not only not work for that agency but you will not work for any agency in the area either. By the way I like the taste of beer. Doesn't make me a bad person. I just don't drink to excess or while I am driving.


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When I took my polygraph it showed I was being deceptive on the use of drugs. The operator gave me the opportunity to respond and I did. He worded it differently and I was fine. You are way overthinking this. Have you made application? If so, where are you in the processing. You are way overthinking this. Relax.

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You should stop stressing about a test they may or may not ask you to take...and for which you cannot study.  The test is designed to detect physiological reactions to questions.


If you are truthful when they ask if your name is Doug, just as when you're asked if you used drugs...the physiological responses will be the same.  The nervousness of taking the test will be the same during both questions.


If you get yourself all worked up about stories of false positives, then you'll walk into the test ill prepared to pass.


It is just a series of "yes" or "no" questions.  Relax and be truthful...that's all there is to it.

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I haven't even began my hiring process let alone academy so I'll take your advice and not think about it too much...

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Have I ever mentioned that I'd rather take a polygraph than be interviewed by the Civil Service Commission (and I've done both several times)? If not, I've said my peace.  


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Bump to you IowaNinersFan.We had to do both in my city.