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QUESTION: Hello. I'm a 25 year old female that is interested and enrolled into taking a police academy entrance exam and want to make sure nothing will bar me from actually becoming a policeman. I have 2 operating after suspension tickets, on speeding, and possibly failing to stop
At a stop sign from over 2-4 years ago. I did have a charge expunged from my record a well, not drug related. Great physical shape and a paralegal degree. Would any of the previously mentioned items be reason for disqualification. Thank you!!!!

ANSWER: Good afternoon,

None of the above would diqualify you in Florida. And as they are 2-4 years ago you may need one more year (5 years is generally the rule) for suspensions for most agencies for hiring but some are more libral with it based on your other qualifications..

But you are not disqualified from going to the academy.

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QUESTION: ThaNk you for your prompt reply. How do I
Make a small donation? Had a follow up question. I do have debt from a previous marriage. I live in California. I just don't want to waste money on academy if I won't be able to get on the force. Thank you so much!!!

If your looking at Cal. You need to figure out which area or agency you want to work for and then go through the Human Resources section of that department. Most CAL academies are not self sponsored and you have to be hired to attend, although I do. There are some Cal academies that you can put yorself through, but if you have doubts about your being able to get on a particular force, its always best to call the HR department and sepak to them or the Background Investigator that does the backgrounds for them, they will tell you if you are a viable pick. Thats always a good way of checking.

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I have been a police officer for 30+ years! I am the Police Academy Commander at the Santa Fe College, Institute of Public Safety in Gainesville Florida It is a full service Law Enforcement and Corrections training facility. I can answer most questions concerning law enforcement procedures, law enforcement training and general questions about law enforcment. I can also answer questions about becoming a law enfocement officer. I have a booklet and web page I have written that answers many questions about how to become a police officer called "So you want to be a cop (police Officer) in Florida?", which is free, Google it.. All you have to do is ask. I teach the following subjects: RADAR/LASER, Law Enforcement Driving, Law Enforcement Firearms and Patrol Techniques, Officer Safety, WMD's for Patrol Officers, Application of Law, Communications skills, Dealing with the Mentally and physically handicapped, and many more subjects. I have worked as a subject matter expert for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and helped to write the police curriculum for the State of Florida. I like answering questions about how to become a police officer, and questions about why did an officer do this or that type questions. I also like answering any questions you may have about police work in general. I do not mind helping with homework questions or trying to answer your questions about legal subjects that I have knowledge of. You will never know the answer until you ask! If you do ask a question, PLEASE take the time to at least rate the answer. I do not get paid to answer these questions and do it on my own time. If you ask, please rate it when I answer. Thanks!!! If its a question about becoming a police officer, it may be answered here: My "hobby" website - Military Videos on YouTube and Facebook!!


I am a 30+ year veteran police officer, I am currently the Police Academy Commander of an Academy in North FLorida. I have been training police officers since 1993 and have trained them in all aspects of law enforcement, including firearms, Driving and legal subjects including patrol techniques and others and training all over the world. I have trained over 5000 officers worldwide in the last 16 years of training.

I am a published author in Accident Investigation from the University of North Florida, Institute of Police Technology and Management. Also have written and published on the Internet, "So You Want to be a Cop (Police Officer) in Florida?" you can Google it..

I have 2 degrees, in Criminal Justice.

Awards and Honors
Phi Theta Kappa, plus 50+ Departmental Awards over the years. FBI Directors award for assisting in a Nationwide investigation into Child pornography.

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