The Hiring Process and Background Investigation

16 Hour Training Course / KLEC Certified
Tuition: $470

Course Description:

The hiring of a police officer and the background investigation is a process by which an agency sets high standards for legal but rigid physical, educational, psychological and behavioral qualifications for candidates with the goal being an investment in each employee. This course will prepare the investigator to conduct a legally defensible, job-related hiring process and police background investigation.

Course Topics and Areas of Study:

  • Why Conduct Background Investigations?
  • The ADA and the Hiring Process
  • Recruitment and Hiring Standards
  • Steps to Employment
  • Confidentiality & Characteristics of Candidates
  • Agency Responsibilites and Job-Related Inquiries
  • The Personal History Statement and Other Documentation
  • Background Investigation Steps
  • Working with the Background Investigation Manual
  • Real Case Examples and Discussion and Valuable Websites

    Course Materials and Equipment


    Course materials (i.e., Powerpoint presentations, handouts, articles, etc.) will be provided electronically for this course on a computerized access link provided to registered students prior to the class.   It is highly recommended that students download course materials to a laptop, tablet or other device  prior to the first day of class and bring the device with them to the course.  Otherwise, students should print SPI-provided course materials from the access link and bring printed materials with them to class.

    In order to download course materials from the access link, PowerPoint, Word, and Excel software (Office Suite) should be installed on laptop, tablet or other device.

    Who Should Attend:

    Officers responsible for the hiring of police officers and/or conducting background investigations, training officers or persons responsible for establishing background investigation programs and/ or protocol within their agencies.


    John Yerardi

    Upcoming Training and Lodging:

    September 18-19, 2023 - Bowling Green, KY

    If this course is not currently scheduled, it can be brought to your region by a co-hosting agency or through a contract. Learn more.


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    What Our Graduates are Saying:

    "The legal aspects of the course were covered thoroughly. The course gave a good overview of the entire hiring process..."

    "Good information on conducting backgrounds. Will make conducting them much easier for a newly-appointed investigator."

    "Very good info. Enjoyed it and learned a lot for the job. Probably could be three days. Lots of information in a short time."

    "Very worthwhile for a beginning BG investigator, but also helpful to an experienced BG investigator as well."

    "This course was very beneficial. It validated that our unit was right on target in reference to conducting backgrounds. I learned about another search engine for employment verification."

    "Great course. I found it very helpful especially in the area of ADA compliance issues. It also contained a good ratio of lecture and video."

    "This course provided essential information on how to conduct a proper investigation and hiring process."

    "This was a very informative class. It surpassed my expectations. I will definitely be using this information when doing backgrounds in the future."

    "This course was very worthwhile even for the veteran investigator. The material is thorough and understandable. Great for new investigators with step by step approach. Great future reference material."

    "This was a good class. It touched several areas of the process (hiring) and some of the area's background investigators are not generally exposed to. Additionally, it reiterated the importance of the background investigation and the investigator's job."

    "The course was informative and stressed the importance of doing a thorough background investigation. It also showed the end results of what happens when standards are lowered."

    "With over 30 years in law enforcement, I was reluctant to attend this course, but I'm glad I did. I learned a few new things that will help my agency as it pertains to background investigations and hiring practices. The course was well presented and the material taught and provided was relevant."

    "This is a class that all background investigators should take. This has been a great review with updates on legal practices dealing with ADA. Very worthwhile."

    "The material was excellent and provided new ideas to our recruitment/background investigations and hiring. The instructor was extremely knowledgeable and an enjoyment to learn from."

    "This was a very comprehensive course that covered the background process from start to finish. This course helped me to clarify segments of the process that I believed needed to be improved/enhanced. I also learned information that will ensure we are compliant with ADA guidelines."

    "From the perspective of an HR Manager the information is very useful. Great example of what a bad background can result in."

    "I found this course to be extremely beneficial and worthwhile.  The material was easy to follow and flowed well. There were real life scenarios presented that were applicable and helped it to make sense."

    "The course was very informative and has taught me all I wanted to learn to be able to do our own background checks on all new hires."

    "The course was very helpful to me as a new background investigator.  The course was great with valuable tools to use."

    "The course covered current material useful to conduct background investigations.  Information provided made the course worth the investment."

    "Very informative course. Laid out a system that has been legally vetted.  Gives an investigator an idea as to how to properly plan and executive a background investigation."

    "Excellent all around."