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Im not sure as to where I stand in this. I am in the last few months of my army service and am looking into becoming a LEO in Orlando. Sure I do have 5 years of military under my belt but, my past life I was a bit reckless. From the age of 16-19 I acquired 17 traffic violations, moving and non moving. My last citation was in 2007 and now at 25 almost 26 I have been citation free since. I would like to say that I have matured tremendously and have went above and beyond during my military service. I have tremendous amount of training and feel that I would be a valued asset but, im just not sure if my past would hurt my chances.
More of my military background, I have been in for roughly 5 years with 2 deployments under my belt. I am an infantryman, paratrooper, and Ranger with a Secret Clearance. I was in the Scout Sniper platoon for 3 years so I do have Sniper training as well. for the past 2 years I have been a Fire Team Leader in both Bravo company 2-325 82nd airborne and as of February of 2013 I have been assigned as personal security team leader at 2nd BCT 82nd Airborne protecting the Brigade Commander and Command Sergeant Major. That is just scratching the surface.
I have a feeling the unclesam will chime in and say just go and axe but, I am currently 600+ miles away from the department that I would like to work for. I hope recruiters will chime in on this forum and give me proper guidance as on what to say or do.

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SGT Blake Farinas
US Army Team Leader

PS: when commenting please do not sugar coat anything. Be straight forward with me and don't be afraid to hurt my feelings... I can take it

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That's a lot of tickets! May I ask what they were for?


Typically, citations shouldn't hurt your chances, but that's a pretty high number. You may want to contact them via email at their email address: opd @ cityoforlando.net (drop the spaces before and after the @)


Another thing to consider: even though you only have 5 years under your Military belt, don't stop now. Consider enlisting into the Active Reserves or Florida National Guard. It is the best part time job in the world.


From a Retired US Army Infantry SSG:  Best wishes, and Thank You for Your Service!!!


By the way, hopefully they won't hold you being affiliated with the 82nd against you (lmao - this from a former 101st grunt)


 


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Hey take that dirty leg nonsense back to Campbell LMAO j/k!
they were mainly for speeding and noise ordnance. I am still obligated to serve 3 more years as reserves but was not too sure if I could be active reserve but, since you gave me that insight I will certainly do more investigating on it. Im currently in the ACAP 5 day workshop and they haven't mentioned anything about that yet.

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In my younger years, I received my fair share of traffic citations.  You stated that since your military service, you have been citation free.  Be honest as best you can in application information and orally if asked about citations, how many, for what, approximately when you received it (them) and the disposition (fine, dismissed, traffic school, etc).  You will have to explain how you changed your driving behavior and give a road map of sorts to show where you were and where you are now and how you have distanced yourself from that behavior.  Yes, 17 citations is a high number, but I don't think it is a hurdle you can not get over if you have stopped the actions that resulted in citations.


Good luck

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^^^^^ That is a great motivator for me.  Thank you

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also does anybody know how long it usually takes from the time you submit your application to the time you are contacted?

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BlakeFarinas says ...


also does anybody know how long it usually takes from the time you submit your application to the time you are contacted?

Every agency is different. Call and ask.


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OPSEC, Brother. That is an awfully lot of personal and military information on an open website.

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BlakeFarinas says ...


when commenting please do not sugar coat anything. Be straight forward with me and don't be afraid to hurt my feelings... I can take it

Oh, don't worry.  LEOs here are about as shy as a drunk dude jumping on a cactus naked-butt first!  


Thank you for your service.  Hooah!

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Hey fellow Army vet,welcome to Police Link.Wooo,seventeen code threes in a three year period is a ton.Having said that though I don't believe it will be a serious problem.As far as being contacted after you apply that depends on many many circumstances.Economic conditions of the location you apply,their need for officers,be it immediately ,in the future or due to attrition,etc.etc.Usually ,if you are applying with a good sized city there will be a battery of many tests,which will include a basic I.Q. written and oral Psych exams,numerous medical and physical ability tests,interviews with the city personel board or Human Resources board,interview with the chief and deputy chiefs.You can pretty much be assured that you will not be selected until all of these are complete and evaluated,which will take six to nine months.In my city we generally had at least one thousand applicants and a class of thirty -fifty were selected twice a year......Good luck...