Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Background Check

An officer from Escondido, California was killed by her husband while at home.  Several times every year officers are killed by their spouse or an officer kills his family and frequently himself.  We do a very poor job of suicide prevention and of protecting our officers from dangerous family members.

I think that we need to screen close family as well as officers when they are hired.  I have always said we need to update our background checks every few years.  The military renews their background checks every four years for security clearances.

I believe that a quick credit check, drivers license check, criminal history and a few other things can be done in an hour by computer by your own agencies detectives.  I think that should be done annually.  I also think that a more complete background check should be done to catch up your information every three to five years.  People change, join gangs, get into financial trouble, marry a bad spouse and have all kinds of life changes.  It might be a good idea to update our information; that's what the SGT Says.


Protect_and_Serve said...

Bad news always makes the news but law enforcement is actually much better than it was 100 years ago. The early history of L.A.P.D., for one, reads like a gangster movie. Yes, bad seeds get through now and then but 1,000s of them are screened out before it's too late.

Mike Creek said...

Decades ago the expectation for police was different too, just as society has changed, so has police work; and I do think we are much better.