Careers: Police/Epilepsy/Seizure

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Hi I am a 18 and a senior in high school. I really want to become a police officer. It is a dream job and makes my parents proud. One thing that scares me though is that when I was a baby I had seizures. But not any more. I haven't had any seizures since I was a baby but I am still taking meds (Depakote)recommended by the doctor. What I want to know is if this will stop me from being a police officer.

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Hmmm.   Each department has different medical standards, usually set up by the state they are in.  I don't think this will totally stop you, but different agencies 'think' differently...in other words, the CHP may not take  you, but a city or county force might.  You will have to discover, on your own (because each situation is different), if the agencies will accept this, or reject it.   Overall, I'd say that if your issues aren't that serious, and under medication control, they will probably say you are ok.   BUT...there are some that may not and simply refuse to clear you.   All will require a doctor saying you can do the job, you can bet on that fact above all else.   If your doctor won't 'clear' you for the work, then the agencies won't, either.

I do wish you the best of luck!

Jason

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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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