Employment Disqualifiers

Employment in law enforcement agencies involves public trust.  Only those persons whose conduct, character and behavior which does not discredit either themselves or the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) will be employed.  The GBI employment process will address the integrity, ethical conduct, honesty, prejudices, financial responsibility (credit), and past behavior of all applicants. While the GBI reviews much information and considers the circumstances in many areas regarding an applicant's background, the following standards are among those that will automatically disqualify applicants from consideration:

  1. Intentionally falsifying, misrepresenting, or omitting pertinent information while completing the employment application, preliminary interview questionnaires, polygraph or any other pre-employment document(s).
  2. Deliberately making inaccurate, misleading, false, or fraudulent statements during the employment process.
  3. Poor management of personal finances.  (Debts, pending civil suits, garnishments, dispossessory warrants, bankruptcies, etc, will be investigated to determine a candidate's suitability for employment).
  4. Personal state or federal tax liability or delinquent student or government loans unless the applicant is on an approved payment plan.
  5. Failure to meet required educational or professional licensing or certification.
  6. Any felony conviction.
  7. Any outstanding criminal charge pending adjudication.
  8. Sufficient misdemeanor convictions to establish a pattern of disregard for the law.
  9. Admission to or discovery of an applicant's involvement in any crime of a serious or aggravated nature.
  10. Any conviction or plea of nolo contendere within the past year for Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol (DUI).
  11. Any conviction or plea of nolo contendere for a serious traffic offense within the past two years including, but not limited to: Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer, Vehicular Homicide (misdemeanor), Failure to Stop, Render Aid, or Leave Information, and Racing.
  12. Five or more convictions and/or pleas of nolo contendere within the past two (2) years for any moving violations.
  13. Ongoing criminal activity or history of criminal activity other than minor traffic offenses.
  14. Completed first offender treatment for an offense that indicates a security risk to GBI facilities, records, and/or information.
  15. Current illegal drug use.
  16. Any pattern of marijuana use that suggests unrehabilitated substance abuse.
  17. Any pattern of drug use, other than marijuana, that suggests unrehabilitated substance abuse.
  18. Illegal sale, distribution or manufacturing (to include growing) of any drug.
  19. Deliberate association of a personal nature within the past year with persons who use illegal drugs in the presence of the applicant.
  20. Use or possession of marijuana or non-prescription anabolic steroid within the past year.
  21. Use of an illegal drug or combination of illegal drugs, other than marijuana or illegal anabolic steriod use, within the past 10 years.