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In addition to our training programs, we specialize in providing comprehensive pre-employment background investigations for police departments nationwide. Our dedication to excellence, attention to detail, and commitment to integrity set us apart. We assist human resources and command staff with making informed hiring decisions by providing accurate and up-to-date comprehensive investigations, while also ensuring compliance with FCRA, ADA, Title VII as well as each state's peace officer standards and training.

ProFirst's background investigations are conducted by highly skilled and experienced investigators who use the latest technology and tools to gather relevant information. Their investigative techniques are designed to uncover critical details that may be missed by traditional methods, ensuring that only qualified candidates are selected for law enforcement positions.

If your department or agency is hiring a new deputy, officer, chief, command staff, or other public safety employee, consider contracting with ProFirst Training and Consulting to conduct your POST-compliant background investigations. We conduct background investigations nationwide, and most backgrounds are completed within three weeks.  Contracting your background investigations also affords your department the benefit to allocate your staff to other important assignments while also reducing potential liability associated with ADA, FCRA, and Title VII claims.

ProFirst Training and Consulting will provide your department with all the necessary paperwork, forms, and resources to integrate our background investigation services into your hiring procedure. This is a cost-saving measure for any department, as most background investigations take up to 50 hours to complete.


Applicant interview and review of PHS (Approx 1.5 hours)

Employment Investigation- 10 years or more if necessary

Interviews with previous employers / Co-workers

Lateral Applicants - Interview with HR and Professional Standards Unit

Military verification

Criminal History – NCIC / FBI/ DMV / Nationwide courts

Family members, and associates, investigation

Civil Courts -    Nationwide search

POST verification

Child Protective Services check

Public Records – Nationwide search

                                    Property records

                                    Marriage / Divorce

                                    Licenses / Business / Liens /

                                    Foreclosures / Evictions

Insurance Claims – risk assessment databases

Credit and Financial Investigations

Social Media Investigations

Education- Review and verification of all education

Residence- Review and verification of all residences

  a.       Neighbor interviews

  b.       Utilities verification

  c.       Local police / sheriff records requests


  d.       Utilities search

  e.       House Check and neighbor interviews

  f.        Spouse interview

  g.       Interviews with roommates, others in home

Dark web and open source investigation





Moral Character

We examine the applicant's past personal conduct and look at their honesty, impartiality, trustworthiness and if they abide by laws, regulations and procedures. 


Moral Character
Work Habits
Work Habits

Investigations look into the applicant's past work performance and examine conscientiousness, work patterns, attendance, adherence to policy and the ability to work in a team environment

Interactions With Others

We examine how the applicant interacts with others in both their personal and professional life, including if they are tactful, respectful and show sensitivity and tolerance


Interactions With Others
Intellectually Based Abilities

We examine the applicant's decision making and judgment characteristics, as well as their ability to adhere to policies and procedures. We also reflect on their communication skills, both oral and written, and reflect on their learning ability.


Intellectually Based Abilities
Handle Stress
Handling Stress And Adversity

Our background investigations reflect on how well the candidate can handle stress, accept responsibility for mistakes, confront and overcome problems and as well as maintain a positive attitude and even temper.


Final Report
          Final Report

We will provide the hiring authority a detailed background investigation which will reflect all of these dimensions, so that a well informed hiring decision can be made that will ultimately reduce liability, attrition and strengthen public trust


Partnership Benefit

If a disqualifying factor is discovered during this initial pre-background investigation and/ or subsequent applicant interview, and the police department no longer desires to continue the recruitment process with the applicant, ProFirst Training  WILL NOT INVOICE the department for services performed on the applicant. This is a major cost savings for our clients.

Subject Matter Experts

Our team has a deep understanding of the legal requirements and best practices associated with conducting police department pre-employment background investigations, and we can help you ensure that your hiring process is fully compliant with all relevant laws and regulations. As subject matter experts in the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, we can help you navigate the complex legal landscape of pre-employment background checks with ease.

CVSA Deception Detection Examination Included 

Unlike polygraphs, VSA measures the applicant's responses and voice patterns as well as involuntary changes in the movements of the vocal muscles, which cannot be controlled by the subject. It allows for a more relaxed atmosphere and remote examinations. Our certified CVSA examiner will administer a deception detection examination as part of the pre-employment background investigation workflow. This is a vital step in a public safety background investigation.

Applicant Portal

One of the key features of our background investigation service is the applicant background portal.  Once a police department has identified an applicant to move onto the background phase, the applicant is instructed to visit our background portal. The portal provides applicants with all required waivers and a PHS (Personal History Statement). Once the applicant has filled out all the forms, the portal provides a convenient and secure avenue to submit the paperwork and schedule an appointment with the background investigator. Police departments can also request a custom portal that we can design with their forms, emblems and information.

The portal provides a secure way to transmit information without being subject to freedom of information requests.

ProFirst Training Applicant Background Portals
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