Citizen Complaint Process

All applicants must submit to a personal investigation, to verify his/her good character.

The name and fingerprint classification of all candidates must be searched through the records of the Delmar Police Department, or the Maryland State Police, the Delaware State Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and in other cities, including appropriate agencies located in states in which the candidate may have resided or worked.

Background investigations, using the personal history statement, will verify candidates qualifying credentials in such areas as resident checks, employment, education, military experience, arrests, civil actions and gross negligence. On the application, the applicantis required to list three personal references, whom cannot be former employers or relatives.

Candidates determined to be not eligible for employment with the Delmar Police Department will be informed by the Chief of Police, in writing, within thirty calendar days of such decision. Candidates will be informed of the basis for their disqualification (e.g. background investigations, test scores, medical examination, etc.)

A. Failure to meet the following state mandated requirements to become a policeofficer will also result in rejection:
  1. At least 21 years of age at time of appointment
  2. United States Citizen at time of appointment
  3. High School Diploma, GED Certificate recognized by the Maryland or Delaware State Board of Education.
  4. Eligibility for or possession of a valid Maryland or Delaware driver's license prior to appointment three years driving experience.
  5. Good moral character and reputation, as determined by a comprehensive background investigation which MUST, by law, include:
    1. fingerprint search of local, state, and federal criminal record files.
    2. check of military records (where applicable)
    3. credit agencies at places of residency over the past five (5) years
    4. school records
    5. personal references
    6. neighbors at places of residence over past ten (10) years
    7. present and past employers and fellow employees
***Conviction for any state or federal crime MAY be grounds for rejection, of applicant by the Maryland Police Training Commission or Delaware Council on Police training.

B. Medical Examination. Those applicants offered conditional employment, who fail to pass the medical examination given by a licensed physician designated by the Delmar Police department will be considered as rejected and will progress no further in the selection process. Reasons for rejection (failure to pass medical examination or meet minimum physical standards) shall include, but not be solely limited to the following:
  1. Eyesight, as determined by the Police Department of the town of Delmar , natural/correctable to 20/20.
  2. Weight in proportion to applicant's height as determined by the examining physician for the town of Delmar.
  3. Recurring and limiting physical injuries, conditions or illnesses which would prevent applicant from performing the essential functions of the position for which the applicant applied.
C.Physical Stature. An applicant offered conditional employment may be rejected if his/her physical stature is not within the acceptable range of the height/weight chart. This requirement will be waived in the event that the applicant provides a medical opinion from a licensed physician that his/her participation in the physical fitness evaluation will not have any adverse impact on the health status of the applicant.

D. Background Investigation. The following may be cause for automatic rejection of applicant:
  1. Military bad conduct or dishonorable discharge from any branch of the U.S. Military Service.
  2. Documented evidence of three (3) or more instances of misconduct or disciplinary action in the military service (regardless of the type of charges).
  3. Discharge from employment on two (2) or more occasion; within the pastfive (5) years, or documented evidence of disciplinary action or discharge on three (3) or more occasions.
  4. Conviction for any felony or serious crime
  5. Conviction for a misdemeanor may be cause for rejection
  6. Three (3) or more current points against the applicator's operator's license prior to appointment.
  7. Misleading and/or false information supplied by applicant to background investigators or administration.
  8. Patterns of violence towards other persons as evidenced in two (2) or more areas of the background investigation (e.g. military check, arrest for crimes of violence, resident checks, etc.)
  9. Evidence of alcoholism or serious drinking including but not limited to:
    1. conviction for intoxication
    2. poor work history related to alcoholism
    3. repeated intoxication or disorderly conduct revealed through checks of residence and neighbors.
    4. Any juvenile felony committed at fourteen (14) years of age or older, involving violence against other person.
    5. Personal History form not completely or accurately filled out.
    6. Attempts at deception.
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