(a) Any agency contemplating the employment of an applicant as a criminal justice officer shall, prior to employment, complete a background investigation on such applicant. The investigation shall examine the applicant's character traits and habits relevant to performance as a criminal justice officer and shall determine whether the applicant is of good moral character.

(b) Prior to the investigation, the applicant shall complete the Commission's Personal History Statement Form to provide a basis for the investigation.

(c) The agency shall utilize an investigator with prior experience or training in conducting background investigations. The investigator shall document the results of the investigation and shall include in the report of investigation:

(1) biographical data;

(2) family data;

(3) scholastic data;

(4) employment data;

(5) criminal history data;

(6) interviews with the applicant's references; and

(7) a summary of the investigator's findings and conclusions regarding the applicant's moral character.

(d) For criminal justice officers employed by the North Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the agency may use the method of documenting the results of the background investigation it deems most appropriate to its needs in accordance with the Commission form. However, the Commission's Mandated Background Investigation Form must be used as a guide of minimum information to be collected and recorded by the investigator for all other criminal justice officer applicants that are regulated by the Commission.

(e) Upon written request by the Director of the Standards Division, the employing agency shall provide the Commission with a copy of any background investigation retained by the agency.

(Authority G.S. 17C-6; Eff. January 1, 1981; Amended Eff. August 1, 2002; August 1, 1998; July 1, 1989; Temporary Amendment Eff. April 15, 2003; Amended Eff. April 1, 2004.)

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