Training Opportunity

Course Details
Course Name
Police Applicant Background Investigations
Course Description/Overview

Program Information:

The interest of serving our communities with the most qualified of police applicants is paramount to a professional law enforcement agency's success. The process of hiring reliable, trustworthy employees who are of good moral character is one the most important fundamental tasks in the selection of personnel. It is a practice that compels police departments to exercise reasonable care to ensure that they do not engage in negligent appointment/hiring practices and one that is legally defensible. This 16-hour program will prepare students to conduct thorough background investigations that are credible.

Topical areas covered:

  • Sources of information/Investigative techniques

  • Americans with Disabilities Act and Personnel Review Act/ Medical information & HIPPA

  • Fair Credit Reporting standards

  • Exploring an applicant’s military history

  • Policy Development & CALEA standards

  • State and Federal (NCIC & LEADS) policies

  • On-line data bases/social networking sites

  • Polygraph questions/usage & Psychological & behavioral testing

  • Pre-interview procedures/Interviewing techniques

  • •Writing the final report and recommendation criteria

Instructor: Joe Leonas - Bartlett Police Department, Il. (Deputy Chief)

A police officer for the Village of Bartlett, Illinois since 1990, Joe has held several positions in his career, to include investigations, crime prevention, school resource officer and former Commander of Case Management of the Major Case Assistance Team of Cook County (MCAT). Joe graduated from DePaul University with a Bachelor’s degree in English, received his Master’s degree from Western Illinois University in Law Enforcement & Justice Administration, and graduated from Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff & Command. Joe is also an instructor for the state certification of juvenile officers, as well as an adjunct instructor for Aurora University teaching a variety of courses.

Course Fee
Location Name
Waukesha County Technical College
Location Address
800 Main Street
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Training Region
Region 1
Start Date
Start Time
08:00 am
End Date
End Time
04:30 pm
Course Length
24 hours
Contact Title
Training Manager
Contact First Name
Contact Last Name
Contact Agency/Organization Name
Waukesha County Technical College
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