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I have a not so great background. I was arrested at 18 for spray painting. I was convicted of a misdemeanor in criminal mischief. I was giving y/o and a sealed record. I was arrested 2 other times for stupidity. 1 was egging house was given a violation at 19. And at 22 I was arrested for obstruction of breathing. ( I was drunknown at the bar and made a terrible mistake )  that also was dropped to a,violation.

This is not all. I have a couple suspensions for not paying tickets on time. And 2 speeding tickets and a cell phone ticket.

I know this is alot of negativity,  but being a police officer something that I really want in my life and wanted to do for a long time. I am not 23 almost 24 and haven't gotten in trouble since. I no there isn't a big gap since my last incident. I'm Appling for Albany ny police department. There civil service department said that as long as I'm honest I should be OK to make it through thd background. What our your thoughts on this ?

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Nicholas,

There is no way for me to predict what the Albany PD is going to do.  However you have to consider that many, many of the applicants are going to have spotless records and college degrees.  The best that I can do for you is to to tell you that you record of criminal offenses and driving escapades are certainly not going to help your chances.  

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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.

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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.

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B.S from the University of Maryland.

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