Disqualifications

Automatic Disqualifying Factors for Sworn & Non-Sworn Applicants


The following list includes all items for which an application for a sworn and non-sworn position will be automatically disqualified.

Criminal History


  • Conviction of any felony
  • Conviction of domestic violence
  • Any involvement in the sale of or distribution of illegal drugs
  • Conviction of any Class 1 or 2 misdemeanor (or the Virginia State Law equivalent) within the last 5 years, excluding traffic violations (minor offenses may be looked at on a case by case basis)
  • Embezzlement or misappropriation of funds from a former employer
  • Founded child abuse or neglect case
  • Illegal possession of a schedule I or II drug or any derivative thereof within the last fifteen years (excluding marijuana)
  • Illegal use and/or possession of anabolic steroids within the last five years
  • Illegal use of any drug classified as a hallucinogen
  • Illegal use or possession of marijuana or hashish within the last 12 months
Two police officers standing on a corner.

Driving History


  • 4 or more negative points on a Virginia Operator's license (or the equivalent for out of state residents). Points may be negated by attending defensive driving school offered by the DMV prior to the initial testing.
  • Conviction of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (within past 5 years)
  • Eluding police (within past 5 years)
  • Leaving the scene of an accident (within past 5 years)
  • Multiple convictions of DUI
  • No valid driver's license and/or inability to obtain a Virginia license
  • Refusal to take a blood or breath test (within past 5 years)
  • Suspension or revocation of license or conviction of reckless driving within the last twelve months

Other Disqualifications


  • 2 or more bankruptcies
  • Any discharge other than "Honorable Discharge" from the military
  • Cheating on any examination or testing associated with this position
  • Crimes of moral turpitude (lying, cheating, stealing, etc)
  • Ineligibility to possess a firearm in Virginia
  • Intentional omission or lying on application for this position
  • Tattoos or brands in excess of 50% of the surface area between the elbow and wrist as well as between the knee and ankle (full sleeves are prohibited).
  • Visible tattoos, brands, or scars anywhere on the face, head, neck or hands (including fingers)

More Information


If you would like more information about opportunities within the Suffolk Police Department e-mail a Background Investigator at cjaramillo@suffolkva.us, lstabinski@suffolkva.us, or dwiggins@suffolkva.us.