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PostSubject: Will my past mistakes DQ me from getting a job as a LEO?   Sun Dec 23, 2012 6:01 pm

Hey everybody. So I am 19, currently a sophomore with a Criminal Justice degree at the University of Maryland (ranked #1 in Criminal Justice/Criminology programs in the US). I have a good GPA (3.25), four former employers that can give solid testimony to my employment, I was a two sport captain in high school, I'm physically fit, and I feel that I am an all-around honorable person with good morals and a clear conscience.

My main concern is my past use of marijuana/underage drinking. I smoked a lot from the ages of 16-19 (end of this past summer), like probably hundreds of times. I realized that my actions will have a clear affect on my chances of finding a job in LE after college, that is why I decided to quit smoking two months ago. I realize this isnt a long time, but upon staying clean in college I will have not used drugs for three years upon graduation.

Also, I am in college and do partake in underage drinking quite often, as do most people. How serious of an effect will this have during the application process? I feel like everybody does it (although that doesnt excuse me for committing an illegal act).

I feel that I could prove to be an effective and efficient police officer based on my moral disposition, my physical fitness, and a strong drive to be successful. BUT, will my mistakes of smoking marijuana and underage drinking completely disqualify me?

Any feedback will be greatly appreciated. Thank You!
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PostSubject: Re: Will my past mistakes DQ me from getting a job as a LEO?   Tue Dec 25, 2012 12:59 pm

You likely won't get hired by any decent police department for at least three years because of the weed. The underage drinking won't be that big of a deal but I wouldn't do that anymore either.
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PostSubject: Re: Will my past mistakes DQ me from getting a job as a LEO?   Wed Dec 26, 2012 10:43 am

You could still get a job with some departments eventually.
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Lt.
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PostSubject: Re: Will my past mistakes DQ me from getting a job as a LEO?   Sat Dec 29, 2012 12:34 pm

My department would not hire you.
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Tony44
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PostSubject: Re: Will my past mistakes DQ me from getting a job as a LEO?   Tue Jan 01, 2013 4:56 pm

You still have a chance. Quit smoking. Quit drinking until you're 21. Good luck Exclamation
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PostSubject: Re: Will my past mistakes DQ me from getting a job as a LEO?   Fri Jan 18, 2013 5:41 pm

Talk with officers and maybe even the chief of the university police force. See if you can get a job with them as an assistant or intern.
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PostSubject: Re: Will my past mistakes DQ me from getting a job as a LEO?   Sun Feb 10, 2013 7:24 pm

Stay away from the weed, and you could get hired in a few years.
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PostSubject: Re: Will my past mistakes DQ me from getting a job as a LEO?   Wed Feb 13, 2013 11:31 am

You might be able to get hired by some small department somewhere or by department where you have some connections. Aside from that, I don't think you'll be able to get hired very easily. Might as well try though Exclamation
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PostSubject: Re: Will my past mistakes DQ me from getting a job as a LEO?   Sun Feb 17, 2013 12:31 pm

Yes, you might as well try, but for a big police department you could be competing with hundreds of others.
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