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Question: I want to join a police force and then eventually go into the FBI. The only problem is that my uncorrected eyesight is definitely worse than 20/200 (w/ astigmatism) and I'm color blind. What can I do? I'm currently studying Criminal Justice in college so if those factors will stop me, I'd have to change my major and career choice now.
Answer, CHP officer Sarah Jackson:
For CHP and Santa Cruz Sheriff's Department jobs, the rules for those who wear glasses are:
Those who have successfully worn soft contact lenses for 12 months need only pass a 20/20 vision test with their contacts in.
For glasses and/or hard contact lens wearers, their vision needs to be 20/40 uncorrected and correctable to 20/20.
Every applicant must also pass a color test (for color blindness).
What about other qualifications?
Jackson adds: This is a link to our Applicant Study Guide (http://www.chp.ca.gov/recruiting/docs/asg.pdf). There are specifics in the study guide regarding our Physical Fitness test.
We do not have height/weight requirements but we do have minimum standards for entry into the Academy. Those standards will be significantly higher for graduation, so I always recommend to applicants to try to double the minimum entrance standards at least. Another thing to note is our written examination. We have a higher than average standard for written proficiency.
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