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QUESTION: The department I'm applying at ask if I have any close friends that use drugs and if so, how many friends, and what types of drugs?

    I've never used drugs in my life nor have any plan to. So, the question here is, why is this pertinent to my application?

ANSWER: To determine if you are being truthful. A "no" would brand you as a liar.  You obviously do have that kind of friend or you wouldn't be asking the question. Remember this. They may know more about you than you think.

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QUESTION: Yes, I have close friends who do use drugs, and I'm not going to lie about it. I'm just wondering why this question matters?
Thanks for the reply.

I am wondering if you read my first answer?  

I didn't say this the first time but a person who has drug abusers for friends is not a good choice for the position of police officer.

So potentially they have you two ways. If you are truthful the could disqualify you because you would be unfit for duty. If you lie then will get you on the polygraph.

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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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