Below are a list of common disqualifiers. This is not meant to be an all inclusive list. Please contact a Recruiting Unit supervisor for any clarification or to check your eligibility.
Medical disqualifiers are reviewed on a case-by-case basis after careful consideration of each applicant’s particular medical situation. However, the following is a list of minimum medical requirements to be a police cadet or officer:
Smell: Applicants must possess a sense of smell.
Hearing: At least 25 DB in each ear at the following frequencies: 500, 1K, 2K and 3K. An applicant failing this requirement will be referred for further testing and possible use of a hearing aid.
Uncorrected visual acuity must be at least 20/100 (both eyes) for those who wear glasses or hard contact lenses.
Wearers of soft contact lenses are exempt from uncorrected visual acuity. If you wear contact lenses, you must wear them during the medical exam.
Corrected visual acuity should be at least 20/20 (both eyes) and 20/40 (each eye).
The horizontal visual field should be at least 120 degrees in each eye.
Color vision and night vision must be normal and a deficiency in either may be a disqualifier if the applicant cannot pass our medical testing, or from that of a specialist of their own choice. Monocular color vision deficiency will be considered on an individual basis.
Applicants who have recently completed refractive surgery need 6 months of recovery. The operating physician must complete a "Corrected Vision Surgical Form". This form will not be needed until later in the hiring process but prior to your final medical evaluation. It can be obtained from your background investigator during the Background Investigation phase.
Having been convicted, or on court-ordered community supervision or probation, for any criminal offense the grade of a Class A misdemeanor or higher.
Having been convicted, or on court-ordered community supervision or probation for a Class B misdemeanor within the last ten (10) years.
Currently under indictment for any criminal offense.
Having been convicted, or having a history, of any family violence offense.
Having a conviction for or currently charged with any misdemeanor offense involving moral turpitude.
Having a conviction for driving under the influence (DWI or DUI) within the last ten (10) years, or during the hiring process.
Being prohibited by state or federal law from operating a motor vehicle.
Being prohibited by state or federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition.
Having been discharged from any military service under less than honorable conditions including, specifically:
Under other than honorable conditions;
Any other characterization of service indicating bad character.
An applicant’s entire driving record is reviewed on a case by case basis, with the last five (5) years being the most critical. However, the following will be automatic disqualifiers:
Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) conviction within the last ten (10) years.
Suspension of your driver’s license for any reason within the last five (5) years.
Unacceptable driving record or currently classified as a habitual violator.
History or pattern of unsafe driving including at fault collisions.
Credit history will be reviewed on a case by case basis to determine continuing eligibility in the hiring process. Unstable credit history can lead to disqualification,including:
A consistent history of issuance of bad checks.
History of delinquent payments
Not meeting financial obligations.
Drug use is not automatically a permanent disqualifier. Disqualification timeframes depend on many factors including the substance used, age at time of use, and frequency of use. For specific questions, please contact the Recruiting Unit. Below are only some of the disqualifiers for drug use:
Any use of marijuana within 1 year from the date of application.
Selling of marijuana. Disqualified for a set number of years to be determined by Recruiting Unit.
Selling any controlled substance or dangerous drugs is a permanent disqualifier.
Using a controlled substance or dangerous drug illegally within a designated time period from date of application.
Prior Law Enforcement
Having had a law enforcement commission license denied by final order, revoked, or having voluntarily surrendered your license to avoid suspension.
Discharged from any commission or recruit position within a law enforcement agency for disciplinary reasons, resigning to avoid suspension or discharge or having resigned during a disciplinary investigation without final judgment being rendered.
Discharged from any city, county, state, federal or private corrections institution for disciplinary reasons to avoid suspension or discharge, or having resigned during a disciplinary investigation without a final judgment being rendered.
History of sustained Internal Affairs complaints or behavior that indicates poor conduct.
Failure to answer every question in the Background History Statement.
Failure to meet application process deadlines.
Failure to pass a Polygraph, Medical, Psychological screening, and Drug Test screening.
Making false statements, being deceptive by statement or omission in the hiring and selection process will be a permanent disqualifier.
Failure to keep appointment(s) or provide documentation related to the hiring process. At least 24 hour prior notice for rescheduling of appointments is required to avoid disqualification, unless otherwise specified.