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Becoming a police officer

Criminal Record Requirements for Police Officers

There are only a handful of things that can keep you from getting a job as a police officer, and among those things is a tainted criminal record, including (but not limited to) felony convictions, domestic violence charges, or any form of racist behavior, such as a hate crime. Since each applicant's criminal record is carefully scrutinized, don't even bother trying to tell any "white lies" or hide any kind of criminal charge or conviction; they will find out everything about your past one way or another, so it's best to come clean and hope for the best. After all, they are the police and they happen to specialize in investigating criminal activity. Having a clean record is a major plus, if not essential, when applying for a job opening as a police officer, so be sure to continue making smart decisions on a regular basis. The hiring staff is also very weary of hiring anyone that may have potential drug or drinking problems, so it would be best to stay far away from such potent vices.

What You Can Do:

  • Abstain from illicit drugs
  • Don't drink; if you do, drink in moderation (don't get plastered or a DUI)
  • Don't smoke; quit if you do
  • Make sure you have not been convicted of ANY felonies (automatic rejection if so)
  • Avoid any kind of hate crimes
  • Avoid any kind of domestic violence charges
  • Seek to expunge/repair any crimes committed
  • Establish a clean and professional job history; they check