State law (Code of Virginia 15.2-1705) prohibits the hiring of a convicted felon as a police officer. Misdemeanor convictions (except those involving moral turpitude, including petite larceny, misdemeanor sex offenses, or domestic assault) are examined on a case-by-case basis. It will not automatically exclude you from consideration.
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Yes, as part of the background process we need you to speak to your neighbors. Look at it as an opportunity to say "Hi" and get to know them. If there are special circumstances, please let us know and we will be happy to work with you.
List as many as you can with as much information as possible. It could be that you only know the city and state. If so, please list that.
A candidate's history is considered as a part of the background process. A possession conviction would be evaluated based on history and circumstances.
Driving histories are part of an individual's background. Many things are taken into consideration during the hiring process and a decision will be made based on the entirety of that process.