I have been offered an overseas position with a contracting firm that requires me to obtain a secret-level clearance. I was given a probationary dismissal (termination) last year from my Law Enforcement career, where I was a sworn Deputy. To make a long story short, I was interviewed as a witness during a professional standards IA investigation on my Sergeant. The events I was being asked about were approximately 2 months prior to me being called as a witness. During this interview, statements I made were unintentionally inaccurate, and I was accused of untruthfulness.
I explained that I had no reason to be untruthful, as I was not the subject of the initial investigation, and that it was an honest mistake due to the time lapse, and a poor recollection of the events. However, due to my probationary status (first entire year out of training), I was not given appeal rights, or the ability to fully defend myself, and I was dismissed. The situation in question was administrative in nature, nothing criminal.
I had no other disciplinary actions in my time there, and not other history of workplace misconduct. This situation truly was just a big misunderstanding. I even offered to submit to a polygraph test to help clear my name. Also, for what its worth, the agency that governs police certifications in my state elected not to take any disciplinary action against my certification.
Can anyone advise of how detrimental this situation will be in regards to be granted a secret clearance? I can provide in-depth details, if needed. I appreciate any insight or advice.