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Police background checklist

Many CRJ students want to go into law enforcement. You may have the mental and physical ability, but can you survive the background check? See for yourself the standards in Arizona:

Driving

• Lost eight or more points on your driving record or have been in two or more at fault crashes in the past 3 years

• No more than one DUI conviction in a lifetime and none within the last seven years

 

Crime

• Misdemeanor domestic violence conviction involving the use or attempted use of force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon.

• Conviction of a felony or any offense that would be a felony if committed in Arizona.

 

Drugs

• Illegal sale, production, cultivation, or transport of marijuana for sale.

• Illegal use of marijuana for any purpose within the past three years.

• Illegal use of marijuana other than for experimentation (see definition below).

• Illegal use of marijuana while employed or appointed as a peace officer.

• Illegal sale, production, cultivation, or transport for sale any dangerous drugs or narcotics.

• Illegal use of dangerous drugs or narcotics, other than marijuana, for any purpose more than five times in lifetime, no more than one time after the age of 21, and no use within the past seven years.

• Illegal use of dangerous drugs or narcotics other than for experimentation (see definition below).

• Pattern of illegal use of prescription medication.

 

If you're wondering how illegal drug use is defined. Illegal drug use is not presumed to be experimental if:

 

1. The use of marijuana exceeds a total of 20 times, or exceeds 5 times since the age of 21 years.

2. The use of dangerous drugs or narcotics, other than marijuana, exceeds a total of five times in a lifetime, no more than one time after the age of 21, and no use within the past seven years.

 

Police applicants must be 21 years of age, cannot have had previous certified status revoked or have been dishonorably discharged from the military.

There are also vision and hearing baselines that police officer applicants must pass:

 1. Visual acuity of:

a) 20/20 or better uncorrected; or

b) 20/20 or better, corrected by spectacles or hard contact lenses, if uncorrected acuity is 20/80 or better; or

c) 20/20 or better corrected by soft contact lenses, if the uncorrected acuity is 20/200 or better. The candidate must demonstrate satisfactory adaptation to the contacts.

2. Vision capable of distinguishing basic color groups against a favorable background.

3. Uncorrected hearing with no loss greater than 25 db in the 500,1000, 2000, 3000 hertz frequencies as measured by an audiometer.

Investigative requirements for the applicant. To assist with the background investigation, a person who seeks to be appointed shall provide the following:

1. Proof of United States citizenship. A copy of a birth certificate, United States passport, or United States naturalization papers is acceptable proof.

2. Proof of education. A copy of a diploma, certificate, or transcript is acceptable proof.

3. Record of any military discharge. A copy of the Military Service Record (DD Form 214, Member 4) is acceptable proof.

4. Personal references. The names and addresses of at least three people who can provide information as personal references.

5. Previous employers or schools attended. The names and addresses of all employers and schools attended within the previous five years.

6. Residence history. A listing of the complete address for every location that the person has lived in the last five years.

For more information, check out the Arizona Revised Statutes that govern law enforcement personnel: http://www.azsos.gov/public_services/title_13/13-04.htm

 

 

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