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11/9/2018 9:21:38 PM
Posted: 7/31/2018 9:28:49 AM EST
I am prior LE and I have a previous diagnosi of PTSD and depression that was duty related. I have wanted to go back into LE and didn't know if this was possible. Especially in Tennessee?

I am not medicated and have learned to live with my "new normal". I just didn't know if disclosing this to a PD or during the psych tests would eliminate me if I applied.

I will always carry the thoughts and memories of my experiences with my. I don't know how anyone cannot. But it did not and would not prevent me from doing my job. I was returned to duty and was never removed from duty due to fitness for duty issues.

I really want to get back into LE, but I don't want to get denied either.

Any input or advice?
Link Posted: 7/31/2018 6:37:42 PM EST
Originally Posted By RonSwan:
I am prior LE and I have a previous diagnosi of PTSD and depression that was duty related. I have wanted to go back into LE and didn't know if this was possible. Especially in Tennessee?

I am not medicated and have learned to live with my "new normal". I just didn't know if disclosing this to a PD or during the psych tests would eliminate me if I applied.

I will always carry the thoughts and memories of my experiences with my. I don't know how anyone cannot. But it did not and would not prevent me from doing my job. I was returned to duty and was never removed from duty due to fitness for duty issues.

I really want to get back into LE, but I don't want to get denied either.

Any input or advice?
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Not sure. I'm guessing that it would be department to department dependent and how your pysch went. I know we have officers at my place that have PTSD both from military deployments and/or on the job stuff and they (we) never have an issue. Also being on meds is not an auto disqualification (again at my place at least, but I suspect most places would be the same). If you need them don't hesitate to get them.

It may be a HIPPA thing that they can not force you to reveal and not sure if the Dr could tell them but may fail you based on your tests/interviews.

Good luck and hope you can figure out what the deal is in Tn.

J-
Link Posted: 7/31/2018 7:43:24 PM EST
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Originally Posted By jjc155:

Not sure. I'm guessing that it would be department to department dependent and how your pysch went. I know we have officers at my place that have PTSD both from military deployments and/or on the job stuff and they (we) never have an issue. Also being on meds is not an auto disqualification (again at my place at least, but I suspect most places would be the same). If you need them don't hesitate to get them.

It may be a HIPPA thing that they can not force you to reveal and not sure if the Dr could tell them but may fail you based on your tests/interviews.

Good luck and hope you can figure out what the deal is in Tn.

J-
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I'm hoping it isn't as big of a deal as I think it is. I loved police work and nothing gives me the sense of satisfaction, accomplishment and purpose that police work did. I am just more concerned with being rejected than anything.

Like you said, I think it may be department dependant. I just worry that one rejection will affect opportunities at other agencies.
Link Posted: 7/31/2018 8:00:30 PM EST
As already mentioned, I'm sure it would have to do with the individual department psych test. I was just speaking to a couple guys from different departments at court last month and they had several officers who worked with them who were diagnosed PTSD due to prior military service, but they had been hired by their respective agencies.
Link Posted: 8/1/2018 12:03:40 AM EST
This is TN.

There, for the most part, aren't individualized department psych testing. There is a POST physical and POST psychological. Both of them basically say, dear doctor, do you think the applicant above is capable of doing the job? Check yes or no

If you really worry about the testing, go pay for a test.

If it's a small department, and they are hurting, you're prolly going to be ok. If it is like Memphis/Nashville/Knox city, the interview is going to be the issue.

The real issue is, how do you know you're going to be solid? You get on with a college department, it may never come in to play. You get on at a place where shots might be fired, are you going to freeze up and leave your shift in the lurch? That's the only question. The rest are technicalities.
Link Posted: 8/1/2018 9:37:44 AM EST
We have hired several people that were treated for PTSD. (former military) It's never really been an problem as long as the documentation is there.

The real snag is, when the background shows you covered up or faked your treatment history . We've fired several officers for that.
Link Posted: 10/19/2018 1:46:36 PM EST
If you don't have it before, you'll have it after
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