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When I was younger I went to mental hospital for suicide but I did not attempt suicide I went because I scratched my wrists lightly to gain admittance on my own accord because I was homeless and didn't know where to go I didn't know where shelters where in that area and I did not have a way to get there either.Anyway they released me early for this reason.Will they ask me this on 2nd police application and if so must I tell them because I will take a polygraph.I already got approved for written exam.

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Thomas,

I don't know what "they" will ask you because there are over ten thousand police departments in this country and each has its own rules and hiring process.

Assuming that they do ask you if you have been treated for a mental illness you would have to be truthful or you will fail the polygraph.

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Jack Toomey

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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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