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Does having an other than honorable discharge from the military completely disqualify me?
I have been trying to find an agency that would allow it, but I have been unsuccessful so far.
This is something that I am extremely passionate about and have been for a very long time. I don't have a criminal record. The only thing going against me is the discharge. I have tried to get it upgraded but was denied. I'm just wondering if there is anything that I can do. I don't want to be a police officer for the power or the respect I simply want to do it to help people. I am a firm believer in you get from your community what you put into it. Thank you for your time

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Chris:


  I'm afraid most state's specifically prohibit hiring those with anything but an honorable discharge.   

  You might look into something else, such as firefighter or EMS as far as helping the community.  Law enforcement is pretty much going to be shut out for you, sorry.  

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Jason Grabill

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General Maryland Law Enforcement, Maryland Law & Traffic Law, the Court System. How to start the process to become a Police Officer, different Police careers, the Interview process, General Police career questions

Experience

18 Years experience as a local and Federal Police officer. In addition to working "the road", I've worked as an Academy Instructor, Law Digest Compiler for Police Department, Community Policing coordinator, Department Gang officer, Bike Patrol Officer, and Advanced Accident Investigator. I've also served on the SWAT/SRT team, and currently work for the Department of Army Police (Federal Civilian) at Fort Detrick, Frederick Md, as a Sergeant. I'm Certified as a Police and Emergency Medical dispatcher through the National Academies of Emergency Dispatch.

Organizations
Police Marksman Association Fraternal Order of Police

Education/Credentials
South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy
Prince Georges County Maryland Municipal Police Academy, Western Maryland Police Academy
Radar, Portable Breath Test, PR-24 Police Baton, ASP, Police Mountain Bike Certified. Maryland Police Training Commission Basic Instructor Certified. CALEA Certified Field Training Officer (FTO), Advanced Criminal Investigator School, Advanced Crash Investigator School, National Academies of Emergency Dispatch Certified Emergency Police Dispatch, Emergency Medical Dispatch, Emergency Telecommunications Operator.

Awards and Honors
Police Officer of the Year, Prince Georges County Municipal Police Chiefs Association (1995).
City of District Heights Police Officer of the Year, 1995.
Distinguished Service Cross for Valor, 1995 (National Association Chiefs of Police).

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