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hello I'm asking this question for my husband. his father was a corrections officer In the county we reside in and now a long time family friend is trying to help him get a job In  the jail that his dad worked in but he's worries his past may disqualify him from being accepted he has had a mild drug past he used to recreationally smoke marijuana and as a teen experimented with other drugs he's now turning 30 and has been completely clean for over a year we also have a bankrupsy on our record and a few traffic tickets in his past ad one recently that involved being 2 shotgun shells over the limit on a refuge but it was a total mistake and the 2 shells weren't even fit in the firearm he was hunting with .hes worried about dis taco his family name and doesn't want to go any further but I know he would be a wonderful c.o. however I understand his feelings about not wanting to do the background test he has no serious criminal record no drug convictions at all never even been arrested what do you think? should he even try or should he walk away and save his family name from embarrassment ??? thanks so much for your time

I think had he not continued to use well into adulthood, he'd have a decent shot.  But he's 30 and can't say that it was just 'experimentation' at that age.   Thats very likely going to DQ him.   Plus there is the very real chance that if hired, he could be compromised by someone inside that he either bought from, or used with, since its so close to the recent past.  

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Jason Grabill


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


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.

Police Marksman Association Fraternal Order of Police

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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