Personal History Criteria
As part of the selection process, applicants who are invited to start the background portion will be asked to complete a Personal History Statement. In addition, a polygraph examination will be utilized to further examine a candidate’s background and personal history. Any one or a combination of any of the following situations may disqualify an applicant from further consideration from a position with the La Palma Police Department:
Potential Background Disqualifiers
- Failure to be honest, which includes covering up or omitting information
- Incidents of domestic violence or physical altercations
- Verbal or physical abuse toward others, or other incidents displaying lack of control
- Inability to get along with others
- A pattern of poor decision making and judgment
- A pattern of immaturity and/or lack of discipline
- Abuse of alcohol, illegal drugs, or prescription drugs
- History of unlawful conduct
- Failure to meet commitments at work, school, or family
- Failure to exercise fiscal responsibility and acceptance of financial obligations
- Failure to operate a motor vehicle responsibly
- Poor and/or unstable employment record
These are examples only. There may be other circumstances which could disqualify an applicant from the background process. It is advantageous for applicants to be completely forthright and truthful during the hiring process. Applicants have been disqualified in the background process as a result of dishonesty and/or purposely omitting information.
Please remember that many people have made mistakes in the past. The passage of time and recent history of responsible behavior or actions, may be taken into account and compensate for past indiscretions.
Common Disqualifiers for Police Officer Positions
Below is a list of common areas that may disqualify an applicant for a Police Officer position with the La Palma Police Department.
NOTE: 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.