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Mr. Toomey,

First and foremost I would like to thank you in advance for your service.
I'm 22 going on 23, currently indecisive whether or not to apply. I have a few questions that I often think about and make me take two steps back. With than being said, I wanted to ask if drug use is an instant disqualification ? During my senior year in High School I tried marijuana 3-4 times, and about three years ago I tried half a pill of ecstasy. Is there any way I can still be hired by a LE agency or should I reconsider applying?

Thank you,
Hansel

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Hansel,

Law enforcement is not like the Army where there is one standard and one set of rules.  There are thousands of police agencies and each has its own set of standards.  What might be true on Department A might not be true on Department B.

Having said that your drug use does not appear to be extensive so don't let it hold you back from applying.  Remember to be truthful in all matters and to not sugarcoat anything because in the end the polygraph will get you.

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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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