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Common Disqualifiers

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Below is a list of the most common areas that may disqualify an applicant for employment with the Whittier Police Department. This list is not all inclusive and other information or facts revealed in the detailed background investigation may also be sufficient to disqualify an applicant.

Substance Abuse

Will Disqualify

  • Use of marijuana within the last 3 years.
  • Use of LSD, cocaine, methamphetamines, heroin or any other illegal drugs at anytime.
  • Sale of marijuana, drugs, or narcotics at any time.

May Disqualify

  • Knowingly remaining in place where narcotics were used.
  • Use of non-prescription steroids within the last 12 months.
  • Past drug use

Criminal Offenses

Will Disqualify

  • Felony conviction.
  • On probation or parole.

May Disqualify

  • Adult conviction for a property related offense.
  • Sex act for which criminal prosecution would have resulted had the incident been reported.

Traffic Related

Will Disqualify

  • Unable to obtain a valid California drivers license.
  • Unable to obtain motor vehicle insurance.
  • Revocation/suspension of drivers license within the past 3 years.

Polygraph Exam

Will Disqualify

  • Continued responses indicating deception on questions asked.

May Disqualify

  • Withholding information from polygraph examiner.


Will Disqualify

  • Failure to meet the standards as determined by the department psychologist (written and oral interview).


Will Disqualify

  • Physically incapable of safely performing job duties pursuant to ADA regulations.


Will Disqualify

  • Falsification and/or omission of any data on personal history statement.
  • Untruthfulness to the background investigator.

May Disqualify

  • Not U.S. citizen or resident alien having filed for citizenship.
  • Inability to communicate with a variety of types of people as is expected of a police officer.
  • Unfavorable work history (discipline, firing, attendance problems, lack of stability, etc.).
  • Poor credit history
  • Signs of immaturity from background investigator.

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