STATEWIDE CRIMINAL CHECKS - Not All Good!
A nursing home in Akron Ohio hired a nurses aid who met all the qualifications necessary to perform her job. The nursing home conducted the mandatory statewide BCIC check. The BCIC check came back "no record found."
After hearing this story an employee informed the human resource department of what was overheard. The nursing home contacted Eagle Communications. Eagle Communications recommended that they search county records.
Researchers conduct a felony and misdemeanor search of the Summit County and Akron Municipal Court records. The new employee was found to have three felony convictions, and three criminal misdemeanor convictions, all within the past 2 years, and was currently on probation. The employee was fired immediately for lying on her employment application.
When questioned, the BCIC in London Ohio, informed the nursing home that Summit County had not submitted their court records for the past 2 1/2 years.
Does your State mandate that all county records be submitted to the Bureau of Criminal Investigations? There may be a mandate to submit records, but is there a mandate as to WHEN the records must be submitted?
Be informed. If your state law requires an official statewide background check on people working with the elderly or in positions where children are placed in their care it is always best to conduct additional county wide criminal searches.
Due diligence is not achieved by merely conducting a statewide check. As illustrated in the story above, not all counties report in a uniform fashion.