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Basically I am trying to become a PA state trooper and am currently enrolled in a bachelors degree at Indiana Univesity of PA. Last february, I let my roommate borrow my parking pass, and she made a copy of it. I did not initially know about this, but later found out she did it. Eventually she got caught and I was charged with a summary offense od disorderly conduct. I wanted to know if a summary offense is even considered a crime, and how bad that hurts my chances on my application because I will be applying in May.
         Thank You,
         Justin

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Justin,

How the hell is an incident over a parking pass considered disorderly conduct?  

I am sure that you know that I don't have a crystal ball and can't possibly know what your prospects are in being hired by the state police because I don't know anything more about you.

 Keep in mind that they probably have thousands of applicants from all over the state and from elsewhere.  From that gigantic pool they need to select no more than 100 or 200 to make up two or three recruit classes for the coming year.  Without the parking pass incident your chances are not great in the first place just based on the odds.  In no way am I suggesting that you are unfit candidate for law enforcement.

The best that I can do for you is to tell you that the parking pass thing probably won't hurt you (unless they consider it a truthfulness issue) but it won't help you.

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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.

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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.

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B.S from the University of Maryland.

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