Demand for criminal background checks at record level in Rhode Island

according to the Providence Journal. “Want to work as a massage therapist, schoolteacher, motorcycling instructor or caretaker in a nursing home? Need to bring your family to a homeless shelter? If the answer is yes, you’ll need to visit a police department or the attorney general’s office…where employees in the Bureau of Criminal Identification will search in-state criminal history information and may also connect with the National Crime Information Center.” With each new General Assembly session, legislators are passing new laws that expand the licensing criteria of one profession or another to require a criminal background check, in order to ensure the safety and protection of the state’s most vulnerable citizens. For example, in 2011, the legislature applied the requirement to municipal recreation department employees and volunteers, who are not licensed. This year, that has extended to all school volunteers. The Bureau of Criminal Identification tallied 46,238 checks during the first eight months of 2013, when volume increased steadily from the previous year. Overall, the statistics for the past few years show the volume of BCI checks for which a fee was collected at the attorney general’s office rising from 57,015 in 2010 to 65,378 in 2011 to 74,231 in 2012. Implementing a background check program Are you interested in implementing a background screening program? It can be a complex and time consuming process, not to mention the liability risks there are associated with pre-employment screening. For those reasons, it’s always a good idea to talk to a pre-employment screening service before getting started. A background screening service understands current laws and regulations and so will provide you with truly reliable and reputable information on your job applicants, ensuring that you know any information regarding potential employees that could put you at risk down the line. And this is where we can help! Get in touch today to learn about how we can help you.]]>

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