About CID's Background Checks Team
The Background Checks team serves as the starting and ending point for background checks. Background check requests that are received are entered into our tracking system by this team which then completes what we call the "first look-up". This is a name-based search of our Patrol Criminal History (PCH) database to make an initial determination as to if the subject individual has a criminal record in Nebraska. Those requests that have a criminal history are forwarded to Update Team for review and update the criminal history record. Once the background check is finalized, the background check team generates the report and mails the results to the requestor or to the agency authorized to receive the results. It is important to note that the Nebraska Criminal History Repository is fingerprint-based so we only maintain criminal records where the offender was fingerprinted.
The Background Checks team also serves an accounting function to ensure that the appropriate fees are collected. In this capacity, they also maintain escrow account records for state agencies that take advantage of this service.
In addition, the Background Checks team has the critical responsibility for conducting emergency background checks for children being placed into emergency foster care.