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    Default What Police Encounters Will Show Up on a Background Check

    My question is does an incident report show up in a background check in the state of Tennessee? We are running into road blocks, my son just gratuated with a Criminal Justice Degree and has been applying for jobs since December and has heard back from employers about this incident report dated in Feb 2014 (which we were not aware of any report on file)where the police came to his house because of an arrugment between his father and him and dad thought he might have a problem with drinking too much (which he does drink any more)...long story the officer came out..in the report (which we have a copy) says there were no signs of him harming himself or anyone else they shoke hands, both were vets they thanked each other for serving their county and end of story. But this "incident report is keeping a person that holds a degree from getting a job...is there anything that we can do about this? This is so strange when people accutally have arrest records can get jobs!!!

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    Default Re: What All is in a Background Check in the State of Tennessee

    All background checks are not created equal. What shows up in any given background check is going to depend on what the employer asks for.

    How many employers have specifically and in so many words stated that this incident report is the reason he was not hired?

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    Default Re: What All is in a Background Check in the State of Tennessee

    Is your son applying for positions with law enforcement agencies?

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    2 different local police departments told him it was because of the incident report and he was told he was already hired at Youth villages working with boys from the age of 13-17 with discipline issues and hadn't heard from them in a few days so he called and they told him that due to the incident report they we not going to hire him! Does not seem fair after stopping the drinking, finishing the degree, goes to church wants to give back to the community and can't get a job!...Something is absolutely wrong with our system...he is a good man that was sidetracked for a short period of time and looks like that will keep haunting him, it just not right! We have done everything we know to do!

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    Default Re: What Police Encounters Will Show Up on a Background Check

    The incident report is not preventing him from getting a job of any kind, it's preventing him from getting a job with a police department. There are plenty of other non-police employers out there who may well hire him in spite of this incident report.

    That said, it's perfectly legal for a police department to refuse to hire him based on an incident report, no matter what the report says, and no matter how much your son has improved himself since the report was made. Your son has no legal recourse to force a police department to hire him.

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    Default Re: What Police Encounters Will Show Up on a Background Check

    People who apply for jobs with law enforcement agencies go through an extensive background investigation which verifies their identity, determines if they are of good moral character and ascertain whether they possess the minimum qualifications for the position they are seeking.

    To get an idea of how thorough these investigations can be, take a look at http://lib.post.ca.gov/Publications/bi.pdf It will give you a rough idea as to how thorough and detailed a background can be.

    I don’t know what went on in your son’s incident without reading the police report, however, even if no crime was committed, one’s conduct during incidents like this is certainly considered as part of the overall background.

    Disqualification criteria for most agencies is fairly common. For example, my agency’s policy states:

    All candidates for, appointees to, and employees in civil service shall possess the general qualifications of integrity, honesty, sobriety, dependability, industry, thoroughness, accuracy, good judgment, initiative, resourcefulness, courtesy, ability to work cooperatively with others, willingness and ability to assume the responsibilities and to conform to the conditions of work characteristic of the employment, and a state of health, consistent with the ability to perform the assigned duties of the class. Where the position requires the driving of an automobile, the employee must have a valid state driver's license, a good driving record and is expected to drive the car safely. The foregoing general qualifications shall be deemed to be a part of the personal characteristics of the minimum qualifications of each class specification and need not be specifically set forth therein. The board may prescribe alternative or additional qualifications for individual classes and such shall be made a part of the class specifications.

    I can’t give you a good answer without seeing your son’s background package and knowing the disqualification criteria for the agency in question. However, generally speaking I can tell you that if information was developed as a result of your son’s police contact indicating he did something that demonstrated he was lacking in good judgment, had a sobriety issue, or a problem with his temper, he would be disqualified as lacking the minimum qualifications for the position.

    Sometimes, disqualifications can be healed by time. If you son shows five years of steady employment, a good credit history, good driving history, no negative police contacts and sobriety, he may be able to pass a background.

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    Default Re: What All is in a Background Check in the State of Tennessee

    Yes, that is what is degree is in but he is starting to look else where not much and so much time spendnt on this degree and the military!

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    Default Re: What All is in a Background Check in the State of Tennessee

    We tell most applicants not to get a criminal justice degree.

    Many discover police work is not for them and leave the profession. If that happens, a Criminal Justice degree is worthless when it comes to getting a job in the private sector.

    Because of the unusually high injury and stress rate, many cops wind up going out early on a disability retirement. The money is good for a while but inflation catches up and they need to get a second job. Again, a CJ degree will be worthless when it comes to getting a job in the private sector.

    If they do make a lifelong career in law enforcement, they usually want to go up the ladder. When they do, they will be dealing with issues like labor relations, budgeting, marketing, public relations, communications, completed staff work, statistics, personnel management, research, grant writing, community outreach, accounting, logistics, fleet management, audits, and equipment acquisition just to name a few. When this happens, they will be kicking themselves in the head because they got a CJ degree instead of one in Business or Public Administration.

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    Default Re: What All is in a Background Check in the State of Tennessee

    Sounds like security is the only way he'll be able to utilize that CJ degree.

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    Default Re: What Police Encounters Will Show Up on a Background Check

    Thank you...he has all of those requirements in your information BUT the one time incident, what a shame, but hopefully someone along the line will give hime a chance...so many jobs he's applied for say he's over qualified now, so we just keep trying and praying!....

    Not sure about the attitude, no one was trying to FORCE a police department into hiring! We were trying to reach out to folks for information to possbly correct his situation so he might possibly get a job with his BS in Criminal Justice since he has spent so much time and money on wanting to work in this field. HE wanted to go into the field to make a difference in the community. Not sure if you have children or not but as a parent we hurt when we see out children work so hard for something and get so discouraged and we are proud of them when they make mistakes and turn their lives around. I pray that you our your family doesn't face hard times.

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