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10 Things That Will Prevent You From Getting Hired as a Police Officer

Top 10 Causes of Police Officer Disqualification – Things That Can Flag Your Application:

If you want to become a police officer you must know there are some things that can eliminate you.  There are many things that can be forgiven by law enforcement agencies, but there are other things that are down right deal breakers and will certainly get you eliminated from consideration.

Any of these incidents below, if surfaced during your criminal history check, will disqualify you from the selection process (No Exceptions).

1. Any felony convictions regardless of the state.

2. Marijuana illegally sold, produced, cultivated, or transported for sale.

3. Any dangerous drug or narcotic illegally sold, produced, cultivated, or transported for sale.

4. Use of any dangerous drugs or narcotics during the past (5) five years. No more than (1) one time after 21 years of age (includes steroids).

5. Use of marijuana in the past (3) three years. No more than (5) five times after 21 years of age.

6. Conviction of or adjudged to have violated traffic regulations governing the movement of vehicles with such frequency so as to indicate a disrespect for traffic law and a disregard for the safety of other persons on the highway within the past (3) three years. Acceptable frequency level to be determined by hiring panel.

7. Dishonorable discharge from the United States Armed Forces.

8. Poor score on the following examinations: police entrance exam, polygraph test, oral board interview, psychological exam, & physical fitness test

9. Current abuse of prescription medications.peaceofficertraining 300x199 10 Things That Will Prevent You From Getting Hired as a Police Officer

10. Driver’s license was suspended, or revoked as a direct result of negligence.

Applicants must meet prescribed vision, color vision, hearing, and/or other police academy medical standards.

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115 Responses so far.

  1. Officer Forestal says:

    Relatives past indiscretion won’t get you disqualified.

  2. michael witmer says:

    will a tasteful forearm tattoo prevent me from working as a police officer in mew york state

  3. Deputy Smith says:

    Officer Forrestal, yes I am a Deputy in Alabama. I wouldnt mind you e-mailing me as I like to stay well connected.

  4. Deputy Smith says:

    Officer Forrestal, yes I am a Deputy in Alabama. What gave it away brother? lol E-mail me sometime.

  5. Officer Forestal says:

    @ Deputy Smith

    Thanks a lot for contributing to this blog. Friend me on facebook. The name is E.L. Forestal

  6. Deputy Smith says:

    It’s no problem. I enjoy trying to help some of these guys.

  7. Chris says:

    I am 33 and have decided I want a job as a police officer. Upon filling out my personal history statement though, I have what I think might be a big problem. One time in 2005 I worked at a hotel. One evening I accepted cash and a small amount of marijuana from some guys when there were no rooms left, in exchange for letting them stay in a dirty room. Will this disqualify me from police work? Additionally the guys trashed the room and left in the middle of the night. There were no charges filed, but I was too ashamed to return to work there. I told the police about it, filled out a statement, and tried to help by identifying suspects from pictures. Should I not even apply for a law enforcement job? The civil service exam I registered for is March 3rd.

  8. Rae says:

    Can a person be dismissed from the academy after getting in if he lied on application

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  10. James says:

    So I\’m a college student work on bac in criminology and had few Questions I\’m 20 and smoke weed a few times and sold but I m done with that I dnt have any background on me and was wondering how it might affect my chances in law enforcement even with a degree. I graduate hopefully summer 2013.

  11. Ashleyy says:

    I live in the State of California, and a dream of mine since I was a little girl was to become a police officer. I would really like to make that dream come true, But i’m almost sure i might not be able to now. When i was in high school i broke my back, ended up having two surgeries and learned i was allergic to most every pain medication. Doctors recommended i use medicinal marijuana (which is “legal” in california) for my pain. I have heard that even just by having a “card” for Medicinal marijuana will completely cancel out my opportunities even if it was in my past. Can anyone help me out with this? It will be Greatly appreciated!
    Thanks so much! and Stay safe out there!

  12. USC Trojan says:

    #10 is incorrect people…my 34 year old cousin was just extended a job offer as a police officer with LAPD. 5 years ago the DMV labeled him a “negligent operator” due to 4 speeding tickets in one year. During the panel interview they asked him “tell us why the DMV suspended your license for 30 days and labelled you a “negligent operator?”. He told the panel that he wasn’t going to give them any excuses and that he was guilty of all the citations but in the last 4 years he has not have any moving violations. The panel then went to the next question and at the end they all had a nice laugh because he currently works for the same agency that suspended his license years ago (The DMV)…LOL

  13. AndrewC1121 says:

    Hi my name is Andrew, I’m 21 and I’m getting ready to goto the police academy at my local community college. I’m not going to lie, my teenage years was rough, and I admit I have smoked marijuana a couple of times trying to fit in with the crowd. I haven’t smoked in about a year in a half, cause I realized that that life isn’t the life I want to proceed. Is this going to DQ me from any agency??

  14. john says:

    I am 19 years old and have experimented with steroid products in high school during football, will that disqualify me?

  15. Rachel says:

    ok I am 28 and I am working on a BA in Justice Addmin and I would like to work in a correctional Facility but I have a few Misdomeanores there minor from three to seven years old I just want to find out if they will keep me from working in the police feild. I live in MS