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    Hi everyone,
    I have recently been honorably discharged from the Marine Corp. I have decided that I want to really start a career in law enforcement and one of my top choices is the LAPD. I took the Preliminary Background Application on the LAPD recruiting website and it said because I have done drugs in my past(highschool) that I am automatically disqualified and by drugs I mean Marijuana. Does this mean I dont have a chance as a career in LE.

    Thanks in advance
    Cody

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    How often did you mess around with Marijuana?

    I had some problems when I filled out that online form. I had a Juvenile incident from when I was 15 and when I completed the form it said I was not eligible for Expedited Testing (a little different from your situation). So I called the BI Unit which I then spoke to a Case Manager who said I was fine to continue with Expedited Testing.

    So you may want to call and explain your situation to see if you can continue. I'm not challenging the integrity of that online application but you can still call and see what happens.

    Hope this helps.
    It is Attitude, not circumstance, that makes Success possible even in the most unlikely conditions.

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    • #3
      The online test is just general, call and talk to the recruiter, you'll be fine if it was limited use of weed.
      Originally Posted by VegasMetro
      maybe it’s me but I think a six pack and midget porn makes for good times?????

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      • #4
        ok thanks guys, I never did any kind of drugs until I moved to MD when I was 16, then occasionally used Marijuana til shortly after I turned 18(bad choices on my part), then decided I wanted to turn my life around, joined the marine corp. served four years and here I am now

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        • #5
          Hello

          I'm a moderator at policebackground.net and invite you to post your question on our forum. It was started by an LAPD BI as a way to address the myriad questions arising in the backgrounds phase. It's LAPD-centric but still has useful info on applying to other police agencies.

          www.policebackground.net

          Register and start posting!
          Last edited by Stugotz; 09-18-2008, 09:28 PM.
          Focused Recruit

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Saharicon View Post
            Hi everyone,
            I have recently been honorably discharged from the Marine Corp. I have decided that I want to really start a career in law enforcement and one of my top choices is the LAPD. I took the Preliminary Background Application on the LAPD recruiting website and it said because I have done drugs in my past(highschool) that I am automatically disqualified and by drugs I mean Marijuana. Does this mean I dont have a chance as a career in LE.

            Thanks in advance
            Cody
            How were you automatically DQ'ed. I took the same background application and I've done Marijuana. I wasn't dq'ed. It actually said, congrats on mine. It' might have been the number of times you've done it, maybe?

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            • #7
              maybe, i used it form the time i was 16 to early 18. Then decided I wanted to turn my life around and joined the marine corp

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Saharicon View Post
                maybe, i used it form the time i was 16 to early 18.
                That may be a problem. The frequency. Just call LAPD BI Division and ask.

                Good luck!

                It is Attitude, not circumstance, that makes Success possible even in the most unlikely conditions.

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                • #9
                  How in the world is that a problem? The idea that smoking pot as a kid somehow changes you permanently is ridiculous. How do we explain all the cops in prison who passed polygraphs, background investigations and never used drugs? I think the focus is a little screwed up. Why not focus on alcohol use or better yet, something more destructive- tobacco or being overweight? Oh, that's right, that'd wipe out eighty percent of the workforce...

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Gaylord Focker View Post
                    How in the world is that a problem? The idea that smoking pot as a kid somehow changes you permanently is ridiculous. How do we explain all the cops in prison who passed polygraphs, background investigations and never used drugs? I think the focus is a little screwed up. Why not focus on alcohol use or better yet, something more destructive- tobacco or being overweight? Oh, that's right, that'd wipe out eighty percent of the workforce...
                    First: No agency thinks that an individual that has smoked a little pot during his or her teenage years is permanently changed. It DOES however, reflect on the kind of decisions you make and how you succumb to peer pressure. and I truly believe that.

                    I am in backgrouds with a agency now and there is definatley focus on Alcohol, Tabacco use and Body fat percentage. So I am going to disagree with you. (respectfully)
                    Last edited by VChopefull; 07-22-2009, 11:40 AM.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by VChopefull View Post
                      First: No agency thinks that an individual that has smoked a little pot during his or her teenage years is permanently changed. It DOES however, reflect on the kind of decisions you make and how you succumb to peer pressure. and I truly believe that.

                      I am in backgrouds with a agency now and there is definatley focus on Alcohol, Tabacco use and Body fat percentage. So I am going to disagree with you. (respectfully)
                      Well, I will have to repectfully disagree with you.

                      No 2 applicants are alike, you cannot judge one persons background to anothers, because one persons upbringings is totally different than the next.

                      You cannot compare the kid who grew up in a screwed up home, who lived in a bad neighborhood, who tried pot 100 times, to the kid who grew up in a white collar neighborhood, and had a silver spoon handed to him or her.

                      I know officers that experiemented with pot hundreds of times and even tried harder drugs and are great officers today.

                      Just apply and be honest, and see where it takes you.

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                      • #12
                        [QUOTE=Reservetobe;1912344]Well, I will have to repectfully disagree with you.

                        No 2 applicants are alike, you cannot judge one persons background to anothers, because one persons upbringings is totally different than the next.

                        You cannot compare the kid who grew up in a screwed up home, who lived in a bad neighborhood, who tried pot 100 times, to the kid who grew up in a white collar neighborhood, and had a silver spoon handed to him or her.)

                        "I respectfully disagree with you, thats just an excuse, you don't think theres dope in those nice neighborhoods, they ain't smokin weed, there doing cocaine,acid,meth all the high dollar dope.

                        Moparfan can back me on this, my wife was born and raised in Inglewood, not one day in jail, never tried drugs. Day she graduated LAPD academy, her mom and dad werent there, Dad was in prison, mom was visiting him in prison, for what you ask, DRUGS!!!

                        And she tells everyone, she is not the exception to the rule, it's your choice, inner city youth know drugs are bad, and rich kids have just as much, if not more access to them then poor kids, poor kids sometimes don't have money to buy it!!!"
                        Last edited by 240W1; 07-22-2009, 01:56 PM.

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                        • #13
                          240W1 - I am going to have to agree with you. (respectfully) lol

                          I grew up in Thousand Oaks, CA... A VERY VERY affluent city that always places in the top 10 safest cities in our country on the annual FBI report. Drugs were readily available at my high school. I made the decision not to go near them. My cousin grew up in the same community and made the choice to dabble in the drugs during his high school career. I might add that both of us were children of police officers.

                          I don’t think that just because someone tried pot a couple times in high school or college they will be any less of a cop than someone who hasn’t. Either person could make a fine police officer.

                          But the guy who does dope for an extended period of time during his younger years shows an inability to make sound decisions and maybe succumbs to peer pressure easily.

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                          • #14
                            I don't think anyone knew they were going to be cops when they were young teens and that, like the entire basis for the juvenile system, things you did as a minor that you weren't CONVICTED of are trivial. If that's too laid back for you guys, at least agree that there has to be a reset point- like "In the past ten years have you..."

                            I also think there's a question of due process here. Government jobs are considered a "benefit" and (no, i'm not going to cite cases- this is just talking here) you can't be deprived of such a benefit without due process. Now, if you weren't convicted of something, how is it being held against you by law enforcement twenty years later with no opportunity to change it?

                            Can you be held responsible for something you weren't convicted of as a juvenile?

                            Should you be?

                            Does it matter if it's a felony or a misdemeanor?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Gaylord Focker View Post
                              I don't think anyone knew they were going to be cops when they were young teens and that, like the entire basis for the juvenile system, things you did as a minor that you weren't CONVICTED of are trivial. If that's too laid back for you guys, at least agree that there has to be a reset point- like "In the past ten years have you..."

                              I also think there's a question of due process here. Government jobs are considered a "benefit" and (no, i'm not going to cite cases- this is just talking here) you can't be deprived of such a benefit without due process. Now, if you weren't convicted of something, how is it being held against you by law enforcement twenty years later with no opportunity to change it?

                              Can you be held responsible for something you weren't convicted of as a juvenile?

                              Should you be?

                              Does it matter if it's a felony or a misdemeanor?
                              It all depends. Generally speaking, in California you cannot be convicted of a crime as a juvenile unless you were tried as an adult, if you were charged with a crime and found guilty as a juvenile you become a ward of the court, there are exceptions to violent crimes like murder and rape and such.

                              While it is possible to be hired as a police officer in CA with a juvenile Felony adjudication, it will all depend on the circumstances surrounding the case and length of time since it happened.

                              If you were not convicted of anything and just arrested, then I don't see an issue, as long as it is not a violent crime, but everything is case by case.

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