Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Stepped Up Background Searches For Sheriff And Police

The Cook County Sheriff's Office and the Chicago Police are taking new steps to do background searches on employees and find out if any of their employees have criminal backgrounds or have had contact with police in the past. There are roughly 7,000 people employed by the Cook County Sheriff. Any sworn officer with a felony conviction cannot be employed by the Sheriff. Any employee that has had any contact with police is required to report this to the Sheriff. The Cook County Sheriff has ordered internal affairs to conduct thorough background searches on all the employees. The civilian employees will be treated differently than sworn officers.

The Chicago Police Department is implementing a polygraph machine program. Four officers and a sergeant are being sent for special training to learn how to properly operate the machines. Every applicant to the Chicago Police Department will be required to take a polygraph test. Approximately 295 applicants took the test last year. The Cook County Sheriff's Office already requires all sworn officer applicants to take the test.

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