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Can you become a police officer if you had cursed on facebook? And I was at a friends house and I used his laptop to get on facebook, he said some stupid things that people really wouldn't like to see. I deleted that off of my profile. Can the investigator look at that even know I deleted it? And one last thing... I know I probably wont get in because of this.. But I was at my friends house and he hung out with the wrong crowd. He had people come over and they had Marijuana and peer-pressured me into doing it. I am currently 17 years old and don't plan on ever doing it again. Will they definitely not take me in because of this? Please let me know. I'm really concerned for my future right now

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Micheal,

There is no way for me to give you a "yes" or "no" answer and that is because there are thousands of police departments and each has its own rules and standards.

I don't think that anything that you have told me will be a problem.  That does NOT mean that you will be hired.  It only means that the things that you have mentioned probably won't hurt 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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