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Old 09-01-2013, 7:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Meety Peety View Post
Hello guys and gals, I am at a crossroads in life and strongly considering a change of careers. I'm 25 years old and currently have an AA degree that I have decided to finish and get a Bachelors. I can go one of several ways but my biggest priorities are stability and making enough money to support a family. Currently I make around 60k a year (Hourly so it varies) but I am in a field that is constantly working itself out of a job and stability is pretty much out the window. Becoming a LEO isn't the highest paying option I have, but it's probably the most stable and out of all options, it's the one I want to do. My grandfather was a SD Sherrif's Deputy and eventually went on to become Chief of Police for the Sycuan Indian Reservation and casino. It was always my childhood dream to become a Deputy, but I guess that faded away a bit in high school. Anyway, I've pretty much talked myself out of trying because of my background, but what do you guys think?

Here's a list of the good and bad that I can think of

- No criminal history.
- No traffic tickets, one or two fix it's and a parking ticket - all taken care of promptly.
- Good grades throughout high school and college. Currently holding a 4.0 and highest GPA in my class.
- Will have a Bachelor's degree at the time of applying, undecided if I want to follow a LEO degree or stick with engineering.

- Smoked marijuana off and on throughout high school and although I stopped smoking for the most part after that, still took a hit here and there until about 4 years ago. I also sold marijuana for a friend at one point - about 6 small transactions.
- Tried cocaine once, ecstasy once (Same night 4 years ago) and mushrooms once back in high school.
- A lot of my high school friends went on to become drug addicts.. I do not speak to them and haven't in a long time but unsure if this could hurt me.
- I have an uncle who is 5150 and in and out of jail on possession charges.
- Less than perfect credit but I have been actively repairing it for a few years now and I expect the dings to roll off within the next 2 years or so, which is when I would be applying.

So what do you guys think? Background a little "too colorful?

Flamesuit on..
Fresno Sheriff's Department which is a elite agency in the Central Valley has hired a few deputies that I personally know of that have done cocaine, ecstasy, etc. and selling of the Marijuania by itself will not be a total auto disqualfying factor.

I have been around backgrounds for years, all going to depend on time from the incident to when you apply, if you did all this in high school let's say age 16 to 18 area and now your applying at like age 25 years you have a chance of getting hired.

In order to raise your chances of getting hired your going to need to go to a academy annd apply around as a pre service candiate. Also the higher you finish in the police academy the better your changes of getting hired. The guy who came out #01 in our police academy had some questionable drug use in the past, Fresno Sheriff's Department took him just before his academy expired as he had came out number 01.
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