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  • Conducting a Background Investigation

    I've been assigned to investigate applicants... any tips?


  • #2
    Be certain to turn every stone. You would be surprised at how deceitful some folks can be. You almost have to learn not to trust anyone or what they put down. Most people will be upfront and honest, but some seem to want to try and skirt the system.

    Check utilities, banks, employers, credit cards, neighbors, fellow workers, former employers, etc. Learn to ask probing questions without being obvious. Employers are reticent to give out too much information, but, if you ask the question in the form of a statement, they are more iniclined to divulge the truth.

    An example would be: "So, Mr. Soandso says he had a few problems while in your employ, but nothing that would cause him to lose his job. Do you recall any of those?" Or, "Ms Pretty said you suspended her for being late. Was that a common issue?"

    All-in-all, it is a great job. Remember, youthful mistakes are common and can be forgiven. However, if there is a continuing pattern of bad behavior there may be some reason to query further.

    Have fun!!
    Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence!

    [George Washington (1732 - 1799)]


    • #3
      Run their names and e-maila dress' in al tjhe myspace type places. Once you find a reason to DQ stop and just DQ them, dont waiste beating a dead horse.

      Mostly dont get attached. All we can measure is intregrity and judgement skills. It takes more to be a good cop. My first BI was a great kid, wanted to be a cop since he was 5, never got intio a lick of trouble, all the neighbors told me how he used to help all the old folks in the neighborhood even when he was a little kid, the academy tac staf loved him. He failed training because he couldn't learn under stress. I felt bad for him.
      Originally posted by FJDave
      GM, you have just set the bar that much higher for the rest of us in our witty, sarcastic responses. I yield to you! Good job, kind Sir!

      District B13
      "We are not cops nor Feds." yet he still poses as an officer Hmmmm

      Grant us grace, fearlessly, to contend against evil and to make no peace with oppression.--WWII memorial

      "I have loved justice and hated iniquity, therefore I die in exile."

      Pope Gregory V II


      • #4
        Send me a PM. I have a PowerPoint (114 slides) that I can share with you.
        If I could keep one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain. If I could ease one life the aching or cool one pain; or lift a fainting robin unto it's nest again, I shall not live in vain. Emily Dickinson


        • #5
          Check out http://www.post.ca.gov/selection/bim/bi.pdf

          It's a long read and the guidelines are for California, but the standards are pretty much universal for most states.
          Going too far is half the pleasure of not getting anywhere


          • #6
            what the others have posted and;

            if your state / area offers a background investigators course, take it.

            talk to your admin for guidance on what they want / don't want in an applicant OR talk to the prior BI's for info...
            ''Life's tough......it's tougher if you're stupid.''
            -- John Wayne


            • #7
              ask their references to give u 2 or 3 names of other people he/she knows that arent on the list he/she submitted
              Just shut your damn hole

              Dead Souls-----They keep calling me


              • #8
                Put in a training request for background investigations classes. You may be making recomendations as to who is working on your agency. Make sure you have the proper training, or at least ask for it.

                I would agree with lots of info posted here. I would complete verifications first based upon the state minimum standards. Such as GED or HS grad....make sure you check these out! For example an applicant may place that he graduated high school. Verify it! One could say yes and you may find that he did not graduate high school, that he obtained a GED using another name. This wold raise red flags all over.......... Take your time and investigat thoroughly.


                • #9
                  If you want the real dirt, talk to the ex-wife/ex-girlfriends.
                  "I assume you all have guns and crack."


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Badgerland View Post
                    If you want the real dirt, talk to the ex-wife/ex-girlfriends.
                    But remember to take what they say with a grain of salt. A lot of exs will say anything to sabotage their former lover's career.
                    Let your watchword be duty, and know no other talisman of success than labor. Let honor be your guiding star in your dealing with your superiors, with your fellows, with all. Be as true to a trust reposed as the needle to the pole. Stand by the right even to the sacrifice of life itself, and learn that death is preferable to dishonor. ~ Gov. Richard Coke, October 4, 1876


                    • #11
                      If you are back grounding someone who is all ready a cop, and the people at the current department seem to be selling them to strong, there is a reason...


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Chiller View Post
                        ask their references to give u 2 or 3 names of other people he/she knows that arent on the list he/she submitted
                        One of the best ways to get a good picture of who this person is.
                        The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.


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