On-Target Solutions to Hiring Quality Employees

Nothing is as critical to the success of an organization as the people that serve provide the services. Whether in government, private enterprise, charitable organizations or any other entity nothing can have such a dramatic effect to the success or failure of service delivery. Applicant background investigations are the key to hiring the most desirable candidates to provide service, maintain retention, and promotion within the organization. Applicant background investigations are complex and understanding the principles and legal ramifications is important to protect the organization.

September 16, 17, 2021

September 27-28, 2021

November 1-2, 2021

November 22-23, 2021

December 13-14, 2021

Fall 2021

February 24-25, 2022

Spring 2022

Spring 2022

Glenview, IL

Newman Lake, WA

Marysville, WA

Bartlesville, OK

Hobart, IN

O'Fallon, MO

Lawrence, IN

Johnston, IA

Edina, MN

Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy

​Spokane County Sheriff Training Center

Snohomish County Sheriff's Office

Bartlesville Police Department

Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy

O'Fallon Police Department

Lawrence Police Department

Iowa Law Enforcement Academy

South Metro Public Safety Training Facility

Comments from attendees:

"Instructor's knowledge made class enjoyable. Could have been a very boring class but was a good experience. Glad I attended."

Sgt. Nicholas Jacobson, Olmstead County (MN) SO

"Great presenter-gives good examples and case studies. This course provided a good base on background investigations and provided excellent examples and materials that can be used. I would recommend this class." Asst. Fire Chief Jay Forster, Bloomington (MN) Fire Department

"I have been completing backgrounds and still found the class had a lot to offer. I will be using techniques learned in the the future. I appreciated the teaching style and subject knowledge." Illinois DNR Officer Thomas Davis

"I would like to thank you for your outstanding class. I am with Midlothian Fire / Police commission and have learned a great deal when it comes to finding the right candidate." Joe Petrizzo, Midlothian (IL) Fire and Police Commission

"I enjoyed the Recruiting and Applicant Background Investigations course.  The course was engaging, and provided a ton of pertinent information when conducting a thorough background investigation.  I plan on sending all my detectives to this course."

Sgt. Jonathan Malacina, Burbank (IL) PD

"Excellent instructor. I plan on attending this class once a year to stay current with laws and general policy changes."

Lt. John Hoeksema (ret.), Rockford (IL) PD.

"The instructor took a lot of time to discuss the theory of what critical personality traits we are attempting to identify on our candidates, which helped to understand why we are doing what we do. I thought it was very helpful. Very specific on walking through the process and a great resource.

Lt. Steve Harris, Altoona (IA) PD

"Instructor's relevant job experience gives him credibility. Forms will be very helpful, thank you for those."

Sgt. Greg Truckee, Ida County (IA) SO

"Everything was great!. Great Information!  (The strongest features was) the instructor. Has experience, Has knowledge. Has personality, Very good.

Deputy Chief Reggie Cotton, Muskogee (OK) PD


"Did an excellent job explaining the subject and had interesting stories to go with the topics. I believe this course will make me a better background investigator and in turn, better my department. Great a great job making the course fun and interesting."  

Lt. Tyler Brogdon, Sapulpa (OK) PD


"Very good instructor. He was able to get the class to interact very well. I was very pleased. The course was very good. Very east to understand. 

Dep. Justin Henninger, Paine County (OK) SO

"Excellent info and this will effect the future of how background investigations will be done."

Det. Jonathan Black, Davis County (UT) SO

"Great information and the Included forms will help update our department procedures."

Sgt. Joseph Carter, Summit County (UT) Jail

"Very knowledgeable and showed interest in each of our departments. Very impressive background, I took away so much from this training. I feel as if the entire training was important to know and learn." Recruiter-Trooper Tara Wahlberg, Utah Highway Patrol

"Relevant material for any department looking to strengthen or revamp their hiring process."

Det. Jake Wollenberg, Glen Ellyn (IL) PD

"Course was detailed enough to allow me to learn and research additions to our existing template."

Detective Commander Joe Garrett, Oak Lawn (IL) PD

"Great idea with giving out sample forms. I never saw the importance and valuable recruiting was until this class."

Nick Yodelis, Alsip IL PD


"The strongest feature was the instructor's real-world experience and how he tied it into questions to firm up how to handle situations.

Chief Jason Reid, Oak Forest (IL) PD

"I liked how a lot of real life scenarios were used to drive home points. I thought this course would be really slow and dry. I learned new tactics to complete background investigations that I would not have ever thought about. Ofc. Cory Munsell, Noblesville (IN) PD


"This seminar sparked ideas that I can take back to my institution."  Det. Anthony Pearson, South Bend (IN) PD

"Great class and great stories. Covered a lot in 2 days.  I am a supervisor in my agency's recruiting/hiring section. This will help me when reviewing my investigator's files."  Sgt. Colin Whittington, Loudon Co. (VA) SO

"I was voluntold to come to this training and I had vacation scheduled this week. Having completed this training now, I am definitely glad I came and learned some valuable information.  I feel more prepared to conduct a proper and more complete background investigation in the future.

Det. David Barnes, Noblesville (IN) PD

"Very thorough and well organized presentation."  Lt. Bruce Barnes, Noblesville (IN) PD

"I have done background investigations the last few years.  I was able to confirm that many of the things/ways our backgrounds are conducted  are inline with best/common practices. Provided good resources . I am using it to evaluate our practices and forms."

Sgt. D. Walker, Manassas Park (VA) PD

"Great instructor and very well prepared." Cpl. J. Nowak, Arlington County (VA) SO Corrections


"Great at providing examples and highlighting areas of importance for recruiting and backgrounds that can often be overlooked. One of the more beneficial trainings that I have attended in my over 13 years in law enforcement."

Officer Dan Schyma, Apple Valley (MN) PD

“I now have a better understanding, where to start in my new position. I feel confident in conducting this important duty. Taught lesson in a way where it could be understood.” Sgt. Steven Hunter, Kankakee (IL) PD


“Very well spoken. Answered all questions. New concepts for doing backgrounds.”

Det. Lee Hoffman, Peoria County (IL) SO

“I’m not usually a fan of sitting in a classroom all day, but the instructor’s knowledge and engaging demeanor kept it very interesting.”

Inv. Mark Johnson,  Benton County (IA) SO


“Great presenter, probably due to his prior experience and education in the field. Very professional…(the strongest features were) the case examples, scenarios and a great presenter.” Det. Schonella Stewart, Oak Park (IL) PD

"Good tempo and engagement. I really liked the comfort and ease of the discussions. Really appreciate the electronic handouts."

Cpl. James Hancox, Marion (IA) PD

"Excellent presentation and I enjoyed the course very much which caused me to reflect upon myself and how I will conduct future investigations. I can not honestly identify a weakness or a single issue the presenter failed to make mention of."

Sgt. T.R. Wynecoop, Spokane (WA) Tribal PD

"Presented a lot (information) I did not know. Engaging and relatable.  Chief Nathan Shephard, Toledo (IA) PD

"I was the only communications supervisor in the class and never left me out in discussions and communication center scenarios. This was my second class with On-Target and I leave with new hope and tools to help our department."

Comm. Sup. Nancy Ray, Spokane International Airport PD

"Very good ideas and relevant information for this day and age.  The strongest feature was of what I have available to help me in the recruiting process."

Lt. Vaifoa Lealaitafea, Park City (UT) Police Department

"All of the information was relevant, thoroughly and clearly presented, and interesting. I came in with no idea how to do a background investigation, and I left feeling prepared to begin doing them."  Det. Jeremy Brown, Centerville (UT) Police Department

"Was very knowledgeable. Great at engaging the classroom. I feel very good about this. I am ready to use this information in my next background."

Deputy Adam Shelley, Salt Lake County (UT) Sheriff's Office

"Great information, lots to think about. The forms will assist with future background checks."

James White, Weber Area Dispatch 911 and Emergency Services (UT)

"I got a lot out of this course.  I was given a lot of great information to incorporate into my background investigations.  It was great because their forms (for background investigations) became our forms." Dustin Cheshire, Jail Commander, Uintah County (UT) Sheriff's Office

"This course provided a thorough view of the requirements and reasons  for completing solid background investigations. The recruitment portion provided alot of great ideas too."   Major Kim Edmondsen, Kootenai County (ID) Sheriff's Office

"The sample forms and processes were a huge help to get an effective program running to fulfill our hiring needs." (

Undersheriff Justin Knisley, Ferris County (WA) Sheriff's Office

"Great class. Exceeded my expectations. I had previously sent 2 of my investigators to another class and wished I could take that back and have them attended this instead."   Lt. Tim Rudloff, Thurston Co. (WA) Sheriff's Office

"Excellent knowledge in this subject matter....lots of energy and keeps the class engaged."

Sgt. Tim Ottmar, Spokane Police Department

"The material is excellently presented....prepared me very well to be a successful background investigator."

Sgt. Scott Novasky, Lakewood (WA) Police Department