FCIC in Florida) to see if you have any criminal history.
The investigator will also pull your driver license history to see what violations you have collected.
If you have a staple in your driver license history—meaning there’s more than one page—that is not good as it often indicates a DUI, suspension, or insurance problems.
By Charles Russo, professor of criminal justice at American Military University For five years, I served as the background investigator at a county sheriff’s department.
After that, I was hired by a municipal police department and was immediately assigned as their background investigator for the next three years before finally escaping the office to return to road patrol.
Frequently, job seekers would ask me the same questions time and again and it became apparent to me that no one had really taken the time to explain the background investigation process to individuals applying for jobs in law enforcement and corrections.
While each department may conduct the background investigation a bit differently, there are many commonalities that apply to all criminal justice agencies.
Step 1: The Application Process First you must decide to submit an application for a sworn position with an agency.
If your application is incomplete, you may receive a letter saying so, along with another application packet to complete.
However, in some agencies, the application is logged as incomplete and you will never hear from that agency again.
If the application is complete when it comes into the office, it is frequently logged into a background investigation spreadsheet and the background investigator starts a folder for your application.
Step 2: Background Investigator Initial Screening Process The background investigator now gets to work.
He or she will begin by first pulling all your records.
If the agency is only hiring personnel who have already enrolled in or completed the law enforcement academy for part-time/full-time positions and for those without the academy civilian officer positions (traffic control specialists), the background investigator will go into the state’s law enforcement/corrections record management system (e.g.