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    My name is Albert, for the longest ive been trying to get on law enforcement. I served 3yrs in the Army in Field Artillery and 8 months in Iraq from March 2003 to November 2003. I ETS on June 2004. My first 2 jobs out of the military were security for total of 2 plus years of experience. Worked for 2yrs for a civil engineering company. That's pretty much my background and im 26yrs old. Ive been wanting to join law enforcement for the longest but im having a hard time. Coming out the military I tried out for Sheriffs here in Houston but when I found out from other Deputies and HPD guys that you end up working the jail for more than 1 year I ended up not doing it. Shortly after I tried HPD back in 2005, I almost made it but failed my poly, yes I lied and it was my fault I failed. LESSON LEARNED!!! I was immature and wanted to be the perfect candidate and was scared I wouldnt get in so I lied thinking I could get away with it. In late 2008 I took the test for border patrol for the 2nd time and this time passed it, I got all the way to the POLY and FAILED again. This time im not at fault. The administrator and I spoke about what was going on, I told him I wasnt lying and I really wanted this job and wouldnt lie becuase I wanted to start my career and I had learned my lesson from Houston Police Department. We spoke and he ended up saying that you can fail the Poly for many reasons, 1) could be because your so nervous about taking it (which I was), 2) He told me could be because I might be suffering from PTSD or 3) because I wasnt concentrating on the questions at hand.

    Not too long after I got kicked out of Border Patrol I met a DUSM through my uncle who. Ive never met the guy face to face but he handed his card to my uncle and my uncle gave it to me and told me to call him. We talked and he told me there would be a hiring window for region 7 before the year ends even though there had been one for region 7 back in March which I know of. Ive heard plenty of things from people in this forum and others. Ive been told there wont be another hiring window for a long time but Ive heard others say there will be one or there might be one before the year ends. My contact here in Houston for the Marshals says his best friend is a recruiter, so his information might be true, I for one am not the type to sit around and wait. So im trying to keep my options open, I got about 31 college credits. Im still waiting to see if the Marshals word about the window is true but now im trying to get in with the Sheriffs just in case the Marshals dont come through. A lot of people say I dont have suffiecient experience, so even if the window does open I will be cut because of it. Sorry for making this so long but I just needed pointers or opinions on what I could possibly do or what other law enforcement agency I could join whether its local or federal. I still want to be in law enforcement. I have trouble with the Poly even when I say the truth, just wondering if people could help me some... Thanks for reading.

  • #2
    Not much you can do about a poly unfortunately.

    As far as making yourself a more viable candidate, you could always go back and get a 4 year degree.

    Good luck

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    • #3
      Why'd the border patrol give you a poly? What job was it for?

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      • #4
        Border Patrol didnt use to give Poly's but with all the coruption and cartel individuals trying to get in with border patrol they made it mandatory

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        • #5
          Wow...thanks for filling me in. I hadn't heard that.

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          • #6
            Your welcome

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