Indiana OKs online record checks
- By Brian Robinson
- Jun 19, 2001
With paper-based requests for criminal background checks ballooning to thousands
a day, the Indiana State Police department is offering a Web-based service
that provides almost immediate results, joining just a few other states
that offer a similar service.
Prospective employers and other businesses seeking access to criminal
histories previously had to make written requests or personal visits to
state police offices, often resulting in delays. The new service, which
is available through the state's official Web site, accessIndiana (www.in.gov/isp/lch), allows for a limited search of a person's arrest and
conviction history within Indiana.
"It's taken a couple of years for us to get this up and running because
of the concern over privacy issues," said Candy Irvin, director of e-government
services for accessIndiana. "In the future, we want to extend it to organizations
that employ people who provide care for others, such as children and the
Worried from the start about privacy and the security of the online
system, state police officials said they believe every measure has been
taken to use the same system of checks and balances that applies to the
Businesses must supply details about themselves when they apply for
a subscription to accessIndiana, Irvin said, and have to provide a statutory
reason for each of the background checks they request. Each user name and
password is tied to each request, and the progress of each request is followed
through to when the results are provided.
Brian Robinson is a freelance writer based in Portland, Ore.