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Background Investigation Frequently Asked Questions

Sworn background investigations typically take three to six months.
Non-sworn background investigations typically take six to eight weeks.

Every applicant is assessed on a case by case basis but felony convictions, current probation or parole status, active arrest warrants, and lack of integrity/dishonesty are almost always disqualifying factors. 

Drug usage is assessed on a case by case basis; however, it is important to remember that marijuana is still considered a schedule one narcotic based on federal law which is what our department adheres to. 

Our department requires a “No Feedback Waiver” be signed, which prevents the disclosure of specific reasons an applicant has been disqualified. 

Arrests and misdemeanor criminal convictions are assessed on a case by case basis and are not automatic disqualifiers. 

Residence verifications are normally a part of the sworn background investigation process but not for non-sworn background investigations. 

Financial responsibility is assessed on a case by case basis for all sworn assignments and for some non-sworn classifications. 

Driving records will be evaluated for any potential liability concerns when determining the suitability of each applicant based on job classification.