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    Hi everybody thank you in advance for taking the time to read this question. My name is Joe, I just became a US Citizen a couple of weeks ago. I want to be a police officer. I am 34 years old X Irish Army, served 4years reserve and 3years full time. I have a B.A. in Business which I obtained in Ireland. I'm generally always active in the fitness department. In 2003-2005 (for about a year and a half, off & on) I took an oral steroid in very small amounts 5mg to 20mg a day. It was a big mistake and I would not take steroids again. Other than taking the steroids Ive never taken any other type of drugs in any way or form. I fear that this stupid mistake will rule me out of being considered for a law enforcement position. Is there any chance that since its being so long since this happened that I would be still able to join the police force? I respect your opinions in this matter, could I ask please that only law enforcement officers reply to this question. Thank You.

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    Was your steroid use legal or illegal at the time and place you did it? If illegal, some depts will DQ you and some will not. You need to ask in advance at every dept you apply to because you don't want to waste your time as well as the time of everybody involved in the process.

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    • #3
      I got them over the net in Ireland and it was illegal. Not perscribed

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      • #4
        The steroid alone will eliminate you from most departments. Some smaller departments may hire you still but that shows a big lack in Judgement at a more mature age...

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        • #5
          It will depend on the department

          For example, the Iowa Department of Public Safety has a very liberal prior drug use policy. As shown below you would be DQ'ed by that policy since you used the steroid more that 5 times in your life.

          http://www.dps.state.ia.us/commis/pr...ications.shtml

          In part states...........................

          # Unlawful sale of ANY controlled substance will disqualify an applicant.
          # An applicant who has used any illegal drug while employed in any law enforcement or prosecutorial position, or while employed in a position which carries with it a high level of responsibility or public trust, will be found unsuitable for employment.
          # An applicant who is discovered to have misrepresented his/her drug history in completing the application will be found unsuitable for employment.
          # An applicant who has used any illegal drug (including anabolic steroids after February 27, 1991), other than marijuana, within the last ten years or more than five times in one's life will be found unsuitable for employment.
          # An applicant who has used marijuana within the past two years, or used marijuana more than a total of 15 times in one's life will be found unsuitable for employment.
          Since some people need to be told by notes in crayon .......Don't PM me with without prior permission. If you can't discuss the situation in the open forum ----it must not be that important

          My new word for the day is FOCUS, when someone irritates you tell them to FOCUS

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          • #6
            Originally posted by GrayPatriot View Post
            The steroid alone will eliminate you from most departments. Some smaller departments may hire you still but that shows a big lack in Judgement at a more mature age...
            I agree with this. You may need to start at a small department or even an as an Auxiliary/Reserve officer with NO pay. If you really want it, this should be no problem.. Just be honest with all departments about what you have done in the past, and keep charging on your goal. You are approaching an age where you options will decrease each birthday, but your ability to become a cop and be a good cop will never be completely gone. But do make sure you are a clean and honest man from now on, that is most important.. Good luck.

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