Are polygraph / lie detector tests given to all criminal justice jobs?

I am interested in many careers in the criminal justice fields, but am worried that a polygraph test or my background could prove too much. Mainly past drug use, theft as a child, and anxiety and child hood depression issues that could come up. Not looking to be a police officer. Looking more towards CSI, detective, forensics type of careers. Would all of these jobs require the polygraph test? Am I worrying too much? *just a side note - nothing on my record.

Asked By: *Monica* - 6/24/2009
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I am majoring in Criminal Justice. I was going to apply for a job being a 9-1-1 emergency dispatcher (didn't because it was an out of town job). That job requires full background, drug screening, hearing test, memory test, personality test, and criminal check, finger prints, things signed in front of a notary and yes... More
Answered By: Shaye - 6/24/2009
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Most likely they would require at least a "interrogation" by a very experienced detective or someone like that. My friend applied for a job at the sheriffs department as a records clerk and she said she was run through the ringer. She said it made her really uncomfortable.
Answered By: Marie - 6/24/2009
no not all some do
Answered By: crazybmxer0 - 6/24/2009
I think some States have banned the polygraph. As far as I know my department requires it for all positions. The polygraph is for honest people. I've known people to lie and still pass it.
Answered By: Bill Jonas - 6/24/2009
the system does not reward people with a background like that very well you often have to do some police work before you can move into some positions if you have a felony even as a minor your chances are slim
Answered By: catman - 6/24/2009
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