When Do You Need to Do More Than a Basic Background Check?

A basic background check should be done for all occupations. After all, do you know if a candidate is hiding any information? As seen in previous posts on this blog, many in the application process are dishonest about their criminal history and, after a background check is done, the charges become evident. Or, in some cases, the company doesn’t run a thorough background check and the former criminal goes through to an occupation that involves working with the public in some capacity. As we saw a few weeks ago, an organization like Big Brothers Big Sisters of southwest Florida runs very thorough background checks to get a fuller picture of how each candidate is suited to working with children. Should all organizations working with the public do this?

According to an article that appeared in The Telegraph, the newspaper for Macon, GA, law enforcement workers need to be given more than just a basic background check in order to determine if a candidate is suitable to work with the public and keep the law enforced. What were some suggestions in the article? Essentially, the entire text of the article details that all possible measures should be looked through to find out someone’s criminal history, even if references and past employers give positive reviews. Some of the suggestions include:

*Basic background checks.
*Thorough background checks involving fingerprinting.
*Going through court and police records for misdemeanor charges and driving violations.
*Being interviewed about how they would react and behave in certain situations or, essentially, a psychological exam, and;
*Taking a polygraph test.

Those working with the public, especially the most vulnerable like children and senior citizens, should have a clean record, and the example from Big Brother Big Sisters shows how necessary a thorough background check is. As seen in these instances in Macon, GA, those applying for positions within the police force should go through the same types of procedures in the application process and while on the job to ensure that active officers have a clean record.