Lithonia, GA asked in Employment Law and Civil Rights for Georgia

Q: Can I be a police officer? It is my life dream to have this job and I’m just curious if this incident ruined my dreams.

Under my order of discharge, it states that this discharge may not be used to disqualify a person in any application for employment, except as provided in OCCGA 42-8-63.1

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: The specific language in your order of discharge, indicating that it may not be used to disqualify you from employment applications, suggests a level of protection for your future endeavors. However, the exception noted in OCGA 42-8-63.1 is critical to understand, as it details circumstances under which your discharge could affect your eligibility for certain positions, including potentially as a police officer.

Each law enforcement agency has its own criteria for evaluating candidates, including their background and any legal history. While some incidents may not automatically disqualify you, the competitive nature of law enforcement positions means that agencies are selective, considering the character and history of applicants.

It's advisable to directly consult with the recruitment or human resources department of the law enforcement agencies you're interested in. They can provide specific guidance on their eligibility criteria and any potential impact of your discharge on your application.

Moreover, seeking the advice of a legal professional with expertise in employment or civil rights law in Georgia could offer clarity on how your discharge might influence your aspirations. They can provide personalized advice based on the details of your discharge and any relevant legal statutes.

Remember, transparency and honesty about your past and how you've moved forward from it can be an important part of your application process

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