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Boston Ordinance Seeks to Fingerprint and Vet Business-License Seekers

- A Boston city councilor has filed an ordinance to require city business-license seekers who interact with the public to submit to fingerprinting and a national background check to ensure they are not violent criminals.

Private Security and the Investigative Process, Third Edition

- Private Security and the Investigative Process is an eclectic mix of resources for the security novice that feels dated.

State Legislation: Massachusetts: Background Checks

- A bill (H.B. 275) pending in the Massachusetts General Court would require that employers conduct criminal history checks on employees who work as security staff in bars, clubs, or other establishments that serve alcohol. In the bill “security staff” is defined as bouncers, doormen, floor staff, or other workers performing duties related to the admission of patrons or maintaining safety and order. The background check should focus on “violent criminal history or other incidents that are strictly related to the duties of the position,” according to the bill.

State Legislation: Illinois: Credit Checks

- A new Illinois law (formerly H.B. 4658) makes it illegal for employers in the state to conduct credit checks on applicants for most jobs. Though employers may still conduct background checks, they may not inquire about an applicant’s credit history or obtain a copy of their credit report.

FBI Employees Cheated on Security Test

- A new report by the FBI's inspector general finds that numerous FBI agents and supervisors cheated on a terrorism exam.

U.S. Congressional Legislation: Background Screening

- The House Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit held a hearing to consider H.R. 3149 (.pdf), which would amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) to prohibit a current or prospective employer from using credit reports to make employment decisions such as hiring, firing, or promotion. Witnesses who spoke in support of the rights of employers to use such reports argued that the information is not used in a vacuum but is among the many tools companies use to make good hiring decisions. Opponents contended that credit scores are often inaccurate and have not been conclusively linked to inappropriate workplace behaviors, such as theft.


- A federal appeals court has ruled that an employee may not sue her employer for retaliation after the company failed to investigate her original discrimination claim. Failure to investigate in such instances does not constitute an adverse employment action, ruled the court.

Police Must Use License Plate Readers With Good Judgment

- Police departments that use license plate recognition (LPR) technology and the massive amount of data it generates should be mindful of the privacy issues it raises. (Reporting from ISC West 2010)

Data Mining for Intelligence, Fraud, and Criminal Detection

- Christopher Westphal's book is an extremely useful, interesting, and advanced book on data mining and its applications.  

DHS Employee Working in Georgia a Fugitive

- A female employee of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a component of DHS, was arrested recently in Georgia after having been a fugitive for two years after she was indicted for insurance fraud in New Jersey in December 2007.

The Realities of Suicide by Cop

- Law enforcement agencies are studying shootings by officers to determine whether the victim had suicidal intent. Such information can help in future incidents.

Dog-Scent Lineups Called Junk Science

- Dogs, especially their noses, have been an important law enforcement tool for ages, whether its scent tracking or sniffing out drugs or explosives. But one use has come under harsh criticism recently: the dog-scent lineup, reports The New York Times.

Philadelphia-Area Schools Invest in Sex Offender Screening Software

- School districts in the Philadelphia area are installing a visitor tracking software solution to screen out sex offenders and other undesireables to prevent them from gaining access to their school buildings' hallways and classrooms, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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