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Automatic Disqualifiers

The Board shall not examine an applicant or, after examination, shall not place an applicant upon the eligibility list, or certify the applicant for employment if it determines that one or more of the following disqualifications applies to the applicant:
  • a) Does not meet any of the established preliminary requirements or has not filed all of the documents listed in the preceding sections.
  • b) Does not meet the standards established by the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission.
  • c) Was dishonorably discharged from any branch of the military service.
  • d) Failed to register with the Selective Service System.
  • e) Intentionally falsified, omitted, concealed or misrepresented any material information during any portion of the current or any prior employment application process for a position with the Allentown Police Department, including, without limitation, polygraph and interview.
  • f) Has been convicted in any state of an offense for which more than one year in prison can be imposed as a punishment.
  • g) Has been convicted of False Swearing (18 Pa.C.S. §4903), Unsworn Falsification to Authorities (18 Pa.C.S. §4904) or an equivalent offense in another state.
  • h) Has been convicted in any state of an offense that results in a prohibition against possession of a firearm.
  • i) Has engaged in the following drug usage:
    1. Use of marijuana or steroids (oral or injected) within three years of the application date.
    2. Within five years of the application date, use without a prescription any of the drugs that are considered controlled substances under 35 P.S. Section 780-104.
    3. Use of cocaine, barbiturates, inhalants, designer drugs, synthetic drugs or hallucinogens within five years of application date.
    4. Use, at any time, of methamphetamine, heroin or an injected controlled substance.
  • j) Has two or more convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substance or an equivalent offense in another state.
  • k) Has been convicted within five years of the application date of driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substance or an equivalent offense in another state.
  • l) Has been placed on Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (or equivalent disposition in another state) within one year of the application date for driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substance or an equivalent offense in another state.
  • m) Has at any time had his or her driver’s license revoked in any state.
  • n) Has at any time incurred three or more suspensions of his or her driver’s license (including a combination of suspensions in any state), excluding suspensions based upon non-payment of parking tickets.
  • o) Has within three years of the application date incurred a second suspension of his or driver’s license (including a combination of suspensions in any state), excluding suspensions based upon non-payment of parking tickets.
  • p) In addition to any of the other Automatic Eligibility Disqualifications, has two or more convictions of any of the following offenses (or equivalent offenses in another state) within seven years of the application date:
    1. Accidents involving damage to attended vehicle or property (75 Pa.C.S. §3743).
    2. Driving without lights to avoid identification or arrest (75 Pa.C.S. §3734).
    3. Drivers required to be licensed (75 Pa.C.S. §1501).
    4. Required financial responsibility (75 Pa.C.S. §1786).
    5. Obedience to authorized persons directing traffic (75 Pa.C.S. §3102).
    6. Meeting or overtaking school bus (75 Pa.C.S. §3345(a)).
    7. Maximum speed limit (31 miles per hour and over) (75 Pa.C.S. §3362).
    8. Racing on highway (75 Pa.C.S. §3367).
    9. Reckless driving (75 Pa.C.S. §3736).
    10. Accidents involving damage to unattended vehicle or property (75 Pa.C.S. §3745).
    11. False reports (75 Pa.C.S. §3748).

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