Past Criminal Activity effect my chances?

Discussion in 'Ask A Cop' started by manroopsc, Jan 26, 2017.

  1. manroopsc

    manroopsc New Member

    Hi, im new to this site and i just wanted to know if making stupid mistakes in my past can effect my future in law enforcement. I'm currently 19 and and am going to college. When i was 16 i ordered an xbox on amazon and when i received it i claimed i never got it and I got a refund on the Xbox. I did it for about 5 other items that didn't cost nearly as much as the Xbox. I haven't done anything like that since, so when i apply to be an officer in 2 years will this effect me?
  2. Pvt. Cowboy

    Pvt. Cowboy Lemme take a selfie Staff Member

    So, you got arrested for that?
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  3. patrol22

    patrol22 MassCops Member

    Um yeah past criminal will most definitely affect your ability to get into LE. Especially when it involves dishonesty and stealing. Not saying it's a total deal breaker but it certainly won't make it easy.
  4. Kilvinsky

    Kilvinsky I think, therefore I'll never be promoted.

    I made a shitload of prank phone calls, rarely did any cost anyone money, but I annoyed the living hell out of some people and frankly, had one of my little group's mother NOT worked for the phone company, we'd have been hanged. Early-mid 70s. It didn't affect me....SO FAR! :cool:
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  5. Goose

    Goose The list is long but distinguished. Staff Member

    Rotary dial, pulse dialing, or touch tone?
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  6. k12kop

    k12kop MassCops Member

    Early '70's? Rotary all day Goose!
    Extra points if you did it with a princess phone.
  7. USM C-4

    USM C-4 MassCops Member

    So, OK. Here's the deal, whether you want to hear it or not.

    It will affect your chances. Say that last punctuation mark out loud, as in "It will affect your chances, period"

    If you were arrested and charged with a felony, even if it was non-adjudicated for some reason, most departments will not take a chance.

    If you were not arrested, there is no record of it and you lie about it, a background investigator will find out. No department will take a chance.

    If you were not arrested, and you are honest about it, you will only need to be far superior to every other candidate who has a clean record. Your physical fitness, your report writing, your critical thinking, your appearance, your ability to converse and handle yourself in a one-on-one or board interview setting, and most importantly your ability to demonstrate that you have changed since then... ALL of that has to be perfect. And even then, you are a risk. Because you have demonstrably been unfit in the past.

    And, if a department DOES take a chance on you, you won't have a chance of transferring or making a lateral move, even if it is for your dream job, until you have say... 5 years of stellar service to PROVE you have changed.

    I've seen it done. Most times the candidate had a rabbi... someone with some influence who was in their corner to bring some juice. Sometimes it works out, and a person who mad a stupid mistake or 4 as a kid gets a chance and shows they can do the job with integrity. Hopefully that will be you.
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  8. pahapoika

    pahapoika Subscribing Member

    Picking on the old guys again I see :D
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  9. manroopsc

    manroopsc New Member

    Thanks, I did not get caught and I will tell the truth, I've changed a lot since and hopefully it works out in the end.
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  10. HistoryHound

    HistoryHound Supporting Member

    Just be thankful that was back in the day where you only had to dial 7 numbers (4 if you lived in a small town and were pranking someone else in town). Otherwise, you'd forget what you were going to say. 8........6......7.......5.....3...09........ ring ring "Hello." "Is your refrigerator running?"
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  11. pahapoika

    pahapoika Subscribing Member

    Jenny don't change your number . . . . . . . . :D
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  12. Kilvinsky

    Kilvinsky I think, therefore I'll never be promoted.

    Both. My hey-day arrived in time for touchtone dialing! Oh, the stories I can tell! :D
    Really think about that song. The guy is a LUNATIC! He's gotten her number off a wall and yet speaks to her (leaves a message?) like she's the best thing that ever happened to him! PSYCHO!?!?! YOU BET! And really, how many other songs are sung by (kinda) pedophiles, mental cases and overly liberal assholes? There are plenty, honestly!

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  13. Crazy Otto

    Crazy Otto Working for the clampdown

    Do you have Prince Albert in a can?

    Best snow day activity EVER.
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  14. Kilvinsky

    Kilvinsky I think, therefore I'll never be promoted.

    Ours were rather complex. I will only mention ONE we used to do, pick a name at random out of the phone book, call and ask for the listed party. Then we would ask when they wanted the 100 watermelons shipped to their house and how they were going to pay. The panic in the voices of some people. "Well, I'm sorry, but this is the name and number on the invoice and we are NOT going to be left with all these watermelons!"
    God help us, we used the name, Yousa Watermelon Company.

    Ok, one more, we once called a pay phone at a local shopping mall from a nearby one, and the first person who answered was told, "Congratulations! Just for answering this phone, you won a FREE sub sandwich at Kresge's. Just go to up to the counter, tell the person on duty YOU'RE the contest winner and get your FREE SUB!" So, we follow this one guy into the store and he goes up to the sub counter (if you're under age 40, you may be lost by this-the predecessor of KMart was Kresge's- AKA 5 and 10 and at least ONE store, they made basic subs for take out) and speaks with the girl working there. We couldn't hear the conversation, we were too far away, laughing our asses off. The manager comes over and you can see in everyone's face the total confusion. The guy leaves in a huff.

    We do it again to a different payphone. A guy answers. "Congratulations! Just for answering this phone, you won a FREE ice cream cone at Bergson's Ice Cream. Just go up to the counter and tell them you're the contest winner for your FREE ice cream cone."

    I swear to GOD, the reply we got was, "Well, I went to Kresge's and they wouldn't give me my sub so how do I know I'll get my ice cream cone?"

    The reply was, "Well, you're just a dope. Do whatever you want!" and hung up.

    Oh believe me, I've got stories. When I worked for an ambulance company, we pranked three different dispatchers from the bunk room. Ah, fond memories.
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