Careers: Police/Worried


Hi jack, thank you for taking time to read this, I am 21 years old and I will be in a couple years starting to apply to work for a police department. The one thing I am worried about is that early in high school when I was 16, a girl and I exchanged one dirty picture and that was it, at the time I had no idea it was illegal and if I knew I wouldn't have done it. .  We were the only ones who knew about it and my record is totally clean.  In the application process I am going to be totally honest and I just wanted to know your thoughts on how this could affect me?  Thank you


I have no way of knowing what any individual police department is going to be doing two years from now as far as hiring.  The reason is that each department makes its own rules and has its own standards.

The best that could happen is that they wouldn't even ask about something like this.  The worst of course is that there could be a "morals" type question that would require a "yes" and then an explanation.

The best that I can do for you is to say that your actions at 16 certainly won't help you but then again it probably won't hurt you.

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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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