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Hi Jack.

First thank you for answering this question.

I have a question and hope you can answer sooner than later.

My boyfriend is going through a police check for an IT position. They asked him to fill the personal history form. Since we are common law, he has to include all my siblings and their spouses (birthdates, business phones etc) my question is this:
Some of my brothers have criminal records. Some have a long history of criminal records...violence and drug related nothing international or security related.
I have a big family too so just one or two bad apples.

My boyfriend has a clear history of anything. Same for his family too.

How much weight will be given to my side of the family in the recruitment process. I am nervous that my brothers' bad decisions may impact on my b/f. He had an interview already and pass that process.


As I tell everyone there are no "yes" or "no" answers to this kind of question.  The reason is because there are thousands of police departments and all have their own hiring standards.

Having said that there is a pretty good chance that your brothers records won't help his chances.  Any negative information doesn't help as you can imagine.  On the other hand it might not hurt him at all depending on the background investigators opinion.

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Jack Toomey


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.


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.

B.S from the University of Maryland.

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