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Hello. My name is Ryan. I'm very interested in becoming a police officer. I have a few fears though. For starters I have an other than honorable discharge from the Army. I also did experiment with drugs when I was younger. Lastly, I have a lot of tattoos. All of my right arm is covered and the majority of my left arm is as well. I have applied for the police academy but have not recieved an answer yet. So, I'm just curious if it's even possible for me to become a police officer. Thanks

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Hi Ryan!

The OTH is going to be your biggest issue.   Some will depend on what it was for, but either way its going to cause you major problems.   You might try and see if you can get it upgraded, if that is possible.   If not, I'd say  your chances were not the greatest.   The tats may or may not be an issue, some agencies don't allow ANY below the short sleeve shirt line, others don't care as long as they aren't 'offensive' or racist.    The drug use, as long as it isn't 'hard' drugs most of the time isn't an issue either, unless you smoked pot like every day for years.   

I do wish you the best of luck!  

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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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