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Could I? - May 12th 2010, 12:32 PM

Last year I was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and depression. I got sectioned a number of times but in my mind thats kinda over with now. Ive started to take my meds regular again and Im doing good.

I was thinking that if i dont get into college I could join the police in September when Im 18 but then my mum went and pissed on my parade and said that I couldnt go into the police because of my mental health problems. IS THIS TRUE?

Ive always been interested in the police and have always has it there in the back of my mind that I may join and, as you can imagine I was kinda downhearted when I was told I had no chance of being a police officer.

If I get in I would eventually like to become a detective and work with child protection.

So guys I guess what Im asking is...
would I even get into the police? and;
do you know anyone who has had mental health problems and is in the police?



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Re: Could I? - May 13th 2010, 10:21 PM

Hey there Fran,

I don't know anyone else in your situation, but I know you can be denied some positions due to mental health issues. Maybe what you could do is go down to the police station yourself, and talk to them. They are the best people to go to for this kind of advice. Good luck.

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Re: Could I? - May 14th 2010, 04:00 AM

Although I only know how it works for Canada, I'm sure it goes the same for the UK and that is for the police, you have to complete a mental health examination. This may or may not involve looking through your medical history but they do provide mandatory tests (i.e. written ones) one has to complete. For Canada, there is the RCMP Police Aptitude Test, Six Factor Personality Questionnaire and depending on the part of Canada, a polygraph test. There are also selection interviews, such as the RCMP's Regular Member Selection Interview.

These I think are fairly basic but there are more intensive, accurate and harder to lie through ones, such as Inwald Personality Inventory (made specifically for this), MMPI-2.

I do know that for North America and Europe, there are also situational tests which simulate real-life tasks and the applicants get assessed as to how they handle and react to it.

The information for this I know is accurate as it was from my third-year university psychology course in forensic psychology.
   
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