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QUESTION: Hello there! I have a couple of questions in regards to becoming a police officer, so that I can later become a crime scene investigator. My first question, is will I still be able to be a cop if I have a Class 4 felony of "fraud by check" charge against me? It happened 2 years ago but by the time I apply, it will be 6 years since it happened. I do not have a criminal record aside from this charge. I start school soon for criminal justice and I need to know if it's worth going through with.

My next question is, if I can't be a cop because of my record, what kind of jobs could I get with a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice/Forensic Psychology?

Thank you for your time!

ANSWER: Are you telling me that you are a convicted felon and yet are hoping to get a job in law enforcement?

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QUESTION: Wow. Thanks for nothing. That was very rude.....

I asked you a simple question and instead of giving me an answer you lash out at me.  Since you have chosen to do that then I will give you a straight answer.  A convicted felon loses a lot of civil rights upon conviction.  You can't vote again, you can't hold public office, and can's take an oath.

No agency in law enforcement is going to hire a convicted felon.

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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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