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If you have a felony can you be in "Law Enforcement"?
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If you have a felony can you be in "Law Enforcement"?

If you have a felony can you be in law enforcement such as a police Officer, dispatcher, prison/jail guard or anything involving that sort of occupation?


2009-04-17 12:14:07 +0000
Felons cannot posses a firearm so being a cop is most definately out. Any other such position, dispatcher, etc, would depend on the departments rules and regs but more than likely it would exclude the person.

2009-04-17 11:18:06 +0000
Normally no. Have felons been hired by police departments, sheriff's etc or in corrections, yes. The problem exists in the liability of hiring someone who has proven that they have bad judgment, poor impulse control, are ethically challenged etc. This liability for the agency hiring could potentially run into the Billions of dollars if the Felon violates someone's rights. The lawyers would have a field day in court asking why the Agency hired this person, etc, etc.
This is why, although a felon may completely change their life, they probably will not find a job in law enforcement. It could cost the employer too much. It could bankrupt cities, counties, etc.

2009-04-17 11:19:03 +0000
Police Officer is definitely out of the question. The felony will prevent you from being hired. Most likely it will prevent you from being hired as a jailer or dispatcher also.

2009-04-17 13:54:53 +0000
Sorry, felonies are automatic disqualifiers for any type of law enforcement positions because of the nature of the work. Most felons are prohibited from carrying or owning a weapon, so Police Officer, Sheriff's Deputy, Highway Patrol, Park Ranger or Correctional Officer is out of the question. As far as for a support job like clerk, jailer, dispatcher, etc - it would also probably stop you from doing these because most agencies use the same background requirements / process for all their employees across the board. The only way to find out is to call an agency that you're interested and speak with someone in the recruiting / backgrounds bureau - explain your individual situation to them and they'd be able to give you a more definite, realistic answer.

Good luck to you.

2009-04-17 13:01:38 +0000
Since a felon is not supposed to own a firearm, being a Police Officer is definitely out of the question. As for dispatcher, it just depends on the agency. Since a dispatcher will be in charge of some sensitive material, some "higher-ups" may not trust you and give you a big thumbs down. Prison and jail guards carry no guns, and I have seen some that have been hired, despite their criminal record; but that, again, depends on the agency.

2009-04-17 12:59:47 +0000
If you are a felon,no you can't be a police officer.Maybe you could be a dispatcher,but probably not.A prison/jail guard,probably no.

2009-04-17 12:42:45 +0000
This is unfortunately an all-too-common question. The answer is: IT DEPENDS! If it is a violent felony involving a crime or crimes against a person (Assault, robbery, rape) than the answer is: unlikely. On the other hand if it is only one felony charge (not multiple) and involves bad-check writing or other non-violent crime, then the answer is: MAYBE. You need to see a lawyer who expunges criminal convictions. (That means erases records of court proceedings ending in a guilty verdict or plea.) It will cost upwards of $1,000.00 or more but will be well worth it! GOOD LUCK!

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