This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to conduct objective, thorough, and legally sustainable applicant background investigations reflective of the professional standards of your agency.
The training will guide you through the relevant Federal and State Statutes; up-to-date case law and Supreme Court decisions; and administrative regulations surrounding the selection and employment of personnel. We will also detail Federal and State fair employment laws; public records requirements; EEOC employment guidelines; and ADA legislation and the impact of these regulations on the applicant background investigation and applicant selection.
You will learn which private and governmental internet search engines can provide the most useful background information and data; the type of information to expect from a psychological evaluation; proper procedures for drug screening; and techniques for conducting interviews of applicants, references, previous employers, friends and neighbors. We will also address how to properly document the investigative findings in a comprehensive report.
You will be required to participate in a practical exercise designed to simulate the applicant background investigative process.
• Role of the background investigator
• Ethics and integrity
• Identifying job dimensions
• Background policy and procedure
• Legal issues in background investigations
• ADA employment guidelines
• Psychological screening
• Veteran’s preference
• Drug screening
• Sources of information
• Conducting Background Investigations
• Interviewing techniques
• Conducting interviews and oral interview boards
• Completing the final report
• Practical exercise
Audience: Public safety, law enforcement, corrections, human resource, and communications personnel who are involved in the application for employment process, to include: applicant testing or assessment, the interview of applicants, the applicant background investigation, and/or the selection of applicants for employment
Course length: 40 hours
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