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Can I Become a Law Enforcement or Police Officer If I Have a Criminal Record?

Article by Ryan Sprout

Most law enforcement or police departments or federal law enforcement agencies have eliminating standards. This means that the elimination stamp will be placed on your application depending on the crime you committed and what you were actually charged with. If you committed and were charged with a misdemeanor – your application will not be regarded as highly as others applying for the same position, but you will still be eligible for hire. However, if you have a felony charge on your record that is an automatic rejection from becoming hired unless you have been pardoned by the charges or have proved to be an outstanding model citizen since the crime. That all really depends on the department which is hiring you. If you do have a criminal record, be honest about your crimes, the charges but explain why you committed those crimes, what you learned from your mistakes, and how you would use that experience to help others and yourself as a law enforcement or police officer.Discuss things with your employer that this crime occurred when you were in a desperate situation if it was a robbery or that you were merely young and immature. Also, mention the pros and cons of how the crime that was committed years ago has altered your character in a way that is positive and helpful to the community you now wish to serve.Crimes happen and you were one of those who were tempted into committing one. Talk to your employer on how you would never do something like this again.Some agencies such as the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigations), DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency), United States Marshals Service (USMS), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will not review your application at all if you have a felony charge. But there are ways of getting yourself noticed.Things to do before applying if you have a criminal record:*Seek a pardon from a judge or prosecutor who charged you for the crime.*Speak to the director of the department or agency about why you deserve the job.*Volunteer and add some community service to boost up your resume and interviewing skills.*Write a letter explaining the events that took place, how you were wrongfully charged, why you are still innocent after being indicted, what you learned from the experience, how the experience can help you contribute to the agency or department of law enforcement which you are applying for.

Ryan is the Editor and Founder of Police Training Academy. Your source for law enforcement, police training, jobs and career development!










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