Yesterday, I took a polygraph with the state police. The entirety of the polygraph was about 3.5 hrs long, from pre test interview, test, and post test interview. For those that don't know me, here is a little background on me, I have been a correctional officer since the age of 18, for a local sheriff's office. I'm currently 23. In my five years, I have had numerous commendations, I have attended background investigation/pre employment training, weapons training, suicide awareness training, and I have been disciplined once, for a relatively minor infraction two years ago. I have taken a total of 3 polygraphs prior to this one, my inital polygraph was a rough time with a lot of accusations and game playing, but I was hired by my agency. My second was with a large federal uniformed LE agency, which went entirely smooth, with no problems (I was treated much better). My third polygraph was roughly an hour, to an hour and a half, with my current employing agency for a transfer to patrol. This polygraph was roughly two weeks after passing the federal LE polygraph. I thought it went smooth, and at the end the polygrapher came back into the room after my test asking how I thought I did, I told him I'm assuming everything was fine, given the fact I took one two weeks ago and had no issues. He said "ok" and we exited headquarters together. Two weeks later through the rumor mill at work, I heard my polygraph showed deception. I was never contacted officially regarding this. I contacted my background investigator, whom I'm on first name basis with and attended training with, and he told me my polygraph came back indicating "deception" but unless it was in a certain category, the major would sign off on it. I was then reassured not to stess about it, and everything will be fine. Two weeks later, I got a letter in my mailbox at work, saying to reapply in a year. This frustrated me, but I later learned that out of the four correctional officers that applied for patrol, 3 showed "deception" on their polygraphs, while the one who was connected to the sheriff got hired. Politics at its best. This infuriated me, both with the polygraph process, and with my agency, so I continued to apply elsewhere. One of those places, was a small PD, with approximately 15 officers. The state police is contracted to conduct their polygraphs. Fast forward to yesterday, I met with a trooper at a local barrack for my polygraph exam. The pre-test interview went well, and I disclosed everything that came to memory, putting all my cards on the table. I moved on to the polygraph exam room, and proceeded to take the test. As soon as I finished the 3rd chart (the final chart taken), the trooper sits up very quickly, and states in a accusatory tone "What's with the theft question?" I immediately became very ticked off and frustrated. Not only do I get very angry when my integrity is questioned, especially off the basis of squiggly lines of a machine, but I feel like I will get screwed over like polygraph number three. Then, he says that I indicated strongly on the theft question, domestic violence question, and serious crime question. I become infuriated at this point, and nearly began yelling at the trooper. He then throws out some examples like theft from incarcerated persons, dishonesty on my time sheets, ect. I have never stolen anything other then what was disclosed in my pre-interview sheet, which was all at a young age. The trooper then tells me he didn't appreciate my attitude, and I tell him I didn't appreciate having my integrity questioned. He then tells me he can offer a retest but my attitude is getting me nowhere. I told him I will take polygraphs all day long as I have nothing to hide. I even offered to take another one, right then and there. He of course declined, and said I will be contacted at a later date. This job, will be a paycut to the tune of about $15,000, and its not so much as a 3rd choice of mine. Its merely a backup plan, to the federal job. I have been informed by the federal agency that I am completely done, and im waiting on a class to be put together. But knowing how federal funding is, it is of course not guaranteed. My position on the town job is, I would take it if offered, but I'm not going to beg or plead for it. If its not offered to me, I will continue to stay where I am, making more money, and I won't lose any sleep. It just seems like a lot of BS to go through, for what in more then a couple ways would be a step backward. My motivation is leaving corrections is because my ultimate career goal is to become a police officer, not babysit all day. This would achieve this goal, which is why I applied in the first place. I'll take the polygraph retest, if nothing else because I feel my integrity is questioned, and I won't back away from that. But I won't hold my tongue with the polygrapher either, I will not kiss anyone's ass for this. I'm a very upfront and blunt person, and I will continue to be with the trooper. Just venting and sharing my experience. Its a long post I know.