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


  • 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)
  • Conviction of any felony.
  • Conviction of domestic violence
  • 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
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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 on opportunities within the Suffolk Police Department contact our Background Investigator at 757-514-7907.