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    Default Civil Infraction and Police Officer Background

    My question involves a background check in the State of: Florida.

    I received a ticket for a civil infraction in 2000, from a (federal) National Park Service ranger in my original home state. It involved a small fine ($50), and no fingerprinting, arrest, etc.
    I am currently applying to be a police officer with a local department in Florida. Will this show up in my background check?
    The "offense" was very minor, but I believe it was of a type that could be very prejudicial to my application.

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    Default Re: Civil Infraction and Police Officer Background

    It may. You've given us essentially no information about the charge, so your guess should be better than ours.

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    Default Re: Civil Infraction and Police Officer Background

    Sorry, I should have provided more information.
    The infraction involved being caught "skinny-dipping" in an isolated area of a federal park. No complainants, witnesses, etc. besides the park ranger. They had apparently changed the regulation as it was historically legal (i.e. no reg. on the books prohibiting it) to do so in this particular area.
    This really is considered a very minor infraction in this particular park. However, my concern is that the background investigator will just see "PUBLIC NUDITY!", and either not understand, or not care about, the distinction between this charge and a more serious type of charge. Therefore, I am considering not listing it and taking my chances.
    Yours, (and others), thoughts are greatly appreciated.

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    Default Re: Civil Infraction and Police Officer Background

    Yours, (and others), thoughts are greatly appreciated.
    My thoughts:
    If you leave it off and it shows up, then it looks like you are trying to hide something. And usually people only try to hide "bad" stuff.

    If you include it, you have the opportunity to explain it...BEFORE anyone jumps to any conclusions.

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    Default Re: Civil Infraction and Police Officer Background

    Make sure you read the application question on that subject very clearly.

    For example the old federal application (SF-171) used to ask:

    Have you ever been convicted of, or forfeited collateral for anyfelonyviolation? (Generally, a felony is defined as any violation of law
    punishable by imprisonment of longer than one year, except for violations called misdemeanors under State law which are punishable by
    imprisonment of two years or less.)
    Presently to get a security clearance with the Feds you must complete an SF-86. Take a look at section 22 of the below:

    http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/sf86.pdf


    My point is that if you carefully read the line item on any application that deals with the subject area of your incident, you MAY not have to mention it at all.

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