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Hi I really wanted someone to answer my question. And I was wondering if you can? I know I can pass everything on the correctional officer test but I know I have to take a polygraph test and I know they are gunna ask me about drugs. I have done shrooms and smoked weed in the past. When I was around 13 and I'm 19 now. So I was wondering if my past is gunna effect my future for the rest of my life. I want to know if I still can become an correctional officer. Please write me back soon thanks for your time and help


Apparently whoever you directed your question to didn't want to answer it.  I saw it sitting in the Question Pool.

You should have already been asked if you had drugs in the past.  They don't wait until the polygraph to ask a question like that.  In fact what they are going to ask you is whether you have lied in the background investigation.

There is no way for me to tell you whether you have any chance now.  There are thousands of correctional departments and all have their own methods.

My only advice is to tell the truth.

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If you are an author I will be happy to help you however I do expect a reasonable donation using the PayPal icon. U.S.: I am an expert in this category for the purpose of giving young people an idea what the hiring process involves for the position of police officer. I am getting a flood of questions from young people who are being influenced by unrealistic television shows. I'd ask you to consider that when you watch police shows on television that they are NOT realistic and most of what you see does not happen in real life. Please do not ask me about potential jail sentences that you, your friends, or family might receive in court. There is no way for me to know that. I am NOT a probation officer so I cannot answer questions about probation and parole matters. I am a retired police officer with 26 years experience.I worked in a variety of assignments including investigations, homicide, sex crimes, runaway investigations, missing persons, and fraud.I also dealt with the general public during that time giving a wide range of advice on matters such as domestic disputes, problem solving, teenage problems, civil/criminal matters, and dealing with the mentally ill. I am available to give sound and reasonable advice which can solve most problems. Please do not ask me to do homework questions or online interviews. Young people should not rely on the Internet for interviews. Local police officers are normally very agreeable to assist students with interviews and surveys.


Worked as a police officer/detective for 26 years.

Graduate of the University of Maryland.B.S. in Law Enforcement.Attended numerous schools and training courses involving investigations, interviewing, interrogations, crime detection, domestic violence, and others. Recognized in court as an expert witness.

Received numerous awards during my police career for expert investigations. Handled the most sensitive and confidential investigations. In 1999 I won an award for my work with high school students while working in my new career in a large suburban high school.

B.S from the University of Maryland.

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