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Title: Background Investigation Manual - Guidelines for the Investigator - Second Edition
Author(s): J W Kohls; L K Luke
Corporate Author: California Cmssn on Peace Officer Standards and Training
United States of America
Project Director: B W Koch
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 143
Sponsoring Agency: California Cmssn on Peace Officer Standards and Training
Sacramento, CA 95816
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Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This manual provides guidelines for the background investigations of law enforcement officer candidates in California.
Abstract: Individual sections focus on preliminary considerations, suggestions for conducting investigations, and areas of investigation. These areas include personal data; relatives, references, and acquaintances; education; residences; experience and employment; military, financial, and legal background; motor vehicle operation; and general topics. For each area, general introductory statements explain why the items should be included in the background investigation. Discussions of the areas of inquiry cover background information the investigator should or should not examine; and for each acceptable area, relevant job dimensions are listed. The job dimensions represent the major and critical areas of performance in entry-level law enforcement and are the result of a job analysis of the patrol officer function. Included are communication skills, problemsolving and learning ability, dependability, integrity, and others. Also provided for each area of inquiry are legal and cautionary notes and practical suggestions on how the investigator can obtain information. A major purpose of this material is to assist the employer in establishing employment practices which can reduce the possibility of costly litigation and ensure equal opportunity for applicants. Appendixes contain the State's Personal History Statement for job applicants, definitions of the job dimensions, an investigation checklist, a sample narrative report and matrix, and a document verification list. Also included are sample application-for-information and authorization forms, cover letters, and questionnaires. Footnotes with references are provided.
Index Term(s): Background investigations; California; Personnel selection; Police personnel; Procedure manuals
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