is becoming more common for agencies to assemble and publicize lists of
automatic disqualifiers. Below are the disqualification criteria used
by the New Jersey State Police:
If you were ever convicted of an indictable offense or are presently
under an indictable conviction expungement.
A conviction of any offense involving domestic violence.
A conviction of any offense involving a “controlled dangerous
A conviction of any offense involving public office, position or
employment (i.e., school board, township committee, etc.).
If you were adjudicated to have committed an act of juvenile
delinquency. “Juvenile delinquency” here means the commission of an act
which, if committed by an adult, would constitute an indictable offense.
If you were adjudicated by a court or found by an employer to have
violated any person’s civil rights in this State or any other State.
If you are currently on probation or have ever been on probation at any
time within the last 12 months in this State or any other State.
If you participated in a program of supervisory treatment or pretrial
intervention for an indictable offense under N.J.S.A. 2C:43-12 or an
out-of state equivalent.
If you have been convicted of driving while intoxicated two times or
once within five years in this State or any other State.
If your driving privilege is currently revoked or suspended in New
Jersey or in any other State.
If you were dishonorably discharged from any branch of military service
or law enforcement agency.
If you have ever renounced your United States citizenship.
If you are currently subject to a final domestic violence restraining
If you were ever terminated or asked to resign from a public office,
position, or government employment for misconduct involving such public
office, position, or employment.
If you have used marijuana or hashish within the past three years.
16. If you, within the past ten years, have possessed or used any other
illegal drug or drugs, including anabolic steroids, other than those
prescribed or provided by a physician or purchased over the counter.
17. If you have sold, or given an illegal drug to another person in your
18. If you have manufactured an illegal drug at any time in your life.
Besides considering a specific incident, background investigators will
also look to see how many incidents you have in your history. So while
you may make it past one particular incident, you could still be in
trouble if that incident is one of ten different incidents in your
past. This is why it is important to take every measure you can to clean up
your background where possible.
long ago was the issue?
you are thirty years old and were picked up for knocking down mailboxes
when you were sixteen, you should be okay. If you're thirty years old
and you were picked up last Wednesday, you've got a problem.
much time has passed between the present and the mishap is an extremely
important factor and will dictate how much of an issue the mishap will
has he or she done since the issue?
Almost as important as the amount of time since the incident will be
applicant has done since the incident.
Using the above example of a fourteen-year-old criminal mischief
offense, when we see an applicant who has managed to complete college,
get promoted in his or her job, get married, have a child, and volunteer
for a first aid squad, a decade-and-a-half old minor offense isn't going to
carry much weight. Even if the amount of time was just five years, it's
clear that he or she turned in much different direction.
good thing about what has he or she done since the incident is
the fact that it is within your control. Here is where you can fill
your background with positive experiences and accomplishments to help
offset other areas where you may we weak.
the end it will come down to how you compare to your competition.
Today, entering law enforcement has become more competitive than any
time in history. Polishing your background is not enough. You need to
erect a solid, highly impressive background that makes you not just
acceptable but desirable.