Automatic Disqualifiers

Automatic Disqualifiers for Public Safety

  • Conviction of any felony or any crime involving moral turpitude (crimes contrary to justice, honesty, or good morals)
  • Conviction of any crime which carries a 6 months jail sentence or more, excluding traffic violations which are discussed separately, or the South Carolina State Law equivalent within the last 5 years
  • Any conviction of domestic violence, including simple assault against a domestic partner, spouse, child or parent
  • Adult commission of undetected crimes of a serious or repetitive nature
  • Any conviction of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, refusal to take blood or breath test, eluding police, racing, or leaving the scene of an accident within the last 10 years
  • Any involvement in the sale or distribution of illegal drugs as an adult
  • Juvenile involvement in the sale or distribution of illegal drugs is an area of concern which will be given careful scrutiny in the context of the full investigation/review
  • Any illegal possession or use of heroin, cocaine, hallucinogens or any other schedule 1 or 2 drug, or any derivative thereof, as defined in the Code of South Carolina
  • Use or Illegal possession or use of anabolic steroids; or any other injectable drugs not prescribed by licensed medical professional
  • Illegal possession or use of marijuana or a derivative thereof within the last 24 months
  • Dishonorable discharge from any military service
  • Untruthfulness and/or intentional withholding of information on any application, interview, or paperwork associated with the position. Examples of intentional withholding of information would include deliberate inaccuracies or incomplete statements
  • Cheating on any examination or testing associated with the position

Areas of Concern

This is not intended to be an exhaustive listing of background disqualifiers. Applicants who are successful in the initial testing will undergo a thorough background investigation. Areas of concern will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis within the context of the full investigation/review. Examples of areas of concern may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Demonstrated history of financial irresponsibility. (Examples of areas of concern include unpaid collections or unsatisfactory judgments where no payment plan has been established. Bankruptcies will be evaluated based on the time frame, circumstances, other measures pursued, and restoration of credit. Specific credit issues and concerns can be further discussed)
  • Reduction of charges as a result of a plea agreement or other form of sentencing disposition prior to a conviction in any of the aforementioned criminal and driving history categories
  • Crimes committed as a juvenile, including undetected crime
  • Patterns of reckless and/or irresponsible driving
  • Illegal drug possession that does not fall within the parameters defined above
  • Less than honorable military discharge, erratic work record, or unfavorable employment references
  • Pending litigation or prosecution for criminal offenses must be resolved prior to consideration for employment