Employment Disqualifiers

  • Intentionally falsifying, misrepresenting, or omitting pertinent information while completing the employment application, preliminary interview questionnaires, or any other pre-employment document(s).
  • Deliberately making inaccurate, misleading, false, or fraudulent statements during the employment process.
  • Poor management of personal finances (within the past five years). Debts, pending civil suits, garnishments, dispossessory warrants, bankruptcies, etc, will be investigated to determine a candidate's suitability for employment.
  • Personal state or federal tax liability or delinquent student or government loans unless the applicant is on an approved payment plan.
  • Any felony conviction.
  • Any outstanding criminal charge pending adjudication.
  • Use or possession of marijuana during the last three years.
  • Use of an illegal drug or combination of illegal drugs (including anabolic steroids after February 27, 1991), other than marijuana, during the past 10 years.
  • Use of any prescription drug or legally obtainable substance in a manner for which it was not intended within the past three (3) years.
  • Applicants with tattoos or brands will be disqualified for either of the following:
    1. Tattoos/brands that depict or support criminal behavior, drug usage, nudity, profanity, promiscuity, subversive groups, bigotry, etc.
    2. Tattoos/brands on the neck, face, head, hands, and fingers that are visible while on duty and/or in a long sleeve uniform shirt. Tattoos on the arm must not be below the crease of the wrist. Exceptions include tattoos/brands that are covered by one ring per hand, or by a watch band on either the left or right wrist. Uniform members with tattoos visible in a short sleeve uniform shirt (generally, below the crease of the arm and tip of the elbow) will wear the class A uniform (long sleeve shirt).
  • Any applicant who has been disqualified based on the findings of a background investigation may not reapply for 12 months from the date of notification of disqualification.
  • Three (3) previous disqualifications from employment from the department based on the results of a polygraph examination and/or background.
  • Sufficient misdemeanor convictions to establish a pattern of disregard for the law.
  • Discovery of an applicant's involvement in any crime of a serious or aggravated nature.
  • Any conviction or plea of nolo contendere within the past five (5) years for Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol (DUI) or for any serious traffic offense, including, but not limited to: Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer, Vehicular Homicide, Failure to Stop, Render Aid, or Leave Information, and Racing.
  • Five or more convictions and/or pleas of nolo contendere within the past two (2) years for any moving violations.
  • Current illegal drug use.
  • Illegal sale, distribution or manufacturing (to include growing) of any drug.
  • Deliberate association of a personal nature within the past year with persons who use illegal drugs in the presence of the applicant.