APPLICANT BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS
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.
OU Health Science Center Police Department
OU University Research Park — PHF Conference Center
655 Research Parkway, Oklahoma City, OK. 73104
December 12-13, 2022 8:00am-4:00pm
CLEET Catalog # 21-0014
O’Fallon Justice Center
1019 Bryan Rd, O'Fallon, MO 63366
February 13-14, 2023
Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System
1701 E. Main St., Urbana, IL 61802
March 15-16, 2023
Iowa Law Enforcement Academy
7105 NW 70th Ave, Johnston, IA
South Jordan Police Department
10655 S Redwood Rd., South Jordan UT 84095
Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy
2300 Patriot Blvd. Glenview, IL 60026
Northwest Illinois Criminal Justice System and the
Northern Illinois Training Advisory Board
Stewart Center West
2900 W. Pearl City Road, Freeport IL
January 17-18, 2023 8:00am—4:00pm
Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office -
9225 S. 68th Street, Franklin, WI 53132
March 20-21, 2023 8:00am-4:00pm
Norman Police Investigations Center
1507 W Lindsey St., Norman OK 73069
Oklahoma CLEET Catalog # 21-0014
Oak Forest Police Department
15440 S. Central Ave. Oak Forest, Illinois 60452
Spokane County Sheriff Training Center
6011 N. Chase Rd. Newman Lake, WA 99025
Comments from Attendees:
"Excellent grasp of material, very knowledgable. I learned a lot. Didn't realize how much I didn't know."
Cpl. Scott D. Holt, Kittitas County (WA) Jail
"I enjoyed the examples provided. I have conducted backgrounds and wish I had the class prior to doing them."
Det. Stephanie Newcomb, Lacey (WA) PD
A lot of good info and presented well. Provided resources to use."
Det. Aaron Ernst, Auburn (WA) PD
"A lot of experience and very knowledgable on this topic. Gave a bunch of useful information to be more through in our hiring process. Excellent resources, forms and websites." Ofc. Melissa Lindsay, Aurora, (IL) PD
"Very knowledgable/great experience. Great forms for personal use. Plenty of sits to verify information were given"
Corrections Sgt. Jennifer Buckingham, Lake County (IL) SO
"The in-depth knowledge and experience were refreshing and the information was communicated in a clear way. Great class applicable to beginners and veterans alike. Most in-depth background class I participated in. Denis Budai, Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement
"I appreciate and engaging and non-monotone instructor. This was one of the few trainings I wasn't bored/checked out. Was a wealth of knowledge for us to complete background and feel confident on doing them now. I enjoyed the sharing of his own experiences."
Kayla Hodges, Rivercomm 911 (WA)
"Thank you for an excellent two days worth of training. It was very well done, and it helped me connect a lot of dots of the entire background investigation process for our sworn employees, dispatchers and IT staff. I believe we all walked away with a better understanding of the role of the investigator and the role of HR/Legal in determining whether or not to hire a candidate. I have a few follow-ups to discuss with our Legal team, but it was definitely worth the two day training." HR Director Nicole Albertson, Bloomington, Illinois
"Did a great job presenting the material. He encouraged class participation. I really enjoyed the class. Nice PowerPoint binder. Clear and able to use and take notes. The presentation covered a wide range of material."
Background Investigator Nick Olsen, Elmhurst (IL) PD
"I really appreciate the examples used and the questions asked of us as participants. The content was thorough and the concepts were easily understood. Really like that the instructor sends us examples to use, takes the guesswork out of wat to do next."
HR Director Bridget DiSanto, City of Oak Forest (IL)
"Good speaker! Engaged classroom and encourage participation. It has highlighted problems with current process, but also reinforced good policies. Make you think moments. Allows you to look in mirror and take stock of practices."
DC Chad Meek, Bethany (OK) PD
"Very professional and enjoyable. Was able to relate to the class. Course was great. Very informational and delivered well.
Sgt. Richard Tyler, Perry (OK) PD
"Did a great job. Really enjoyed the class and learned a lot. Teaches in a way that keeps your attention. Learned new techniques for investigative purposes. Very well taught and easily understood." Det. Tony Harper, Skiatook (OK) PD.
"Took a previous background course and left as confused as I started. This course met and exceeded my expectations and now fell comfortable being able to perform a background investigation. Instructor was thorough and included analyzing new Washington laws."
Det. Chris Smith, WA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
"Excellent instructor. You can really tell he understands the material. I have bene doing backgrounds for awhile and I still learned some new techniques I can take back to my agency. The strongest features were the practical application of materials and forms given."
Det. David Sanchez, Everett (WA) PD
"Instructor has a ton of knowledge and experience on this topic. He gave a lot of tips and information. I did not know or think about my own background investigations. Yips, advice, sample questions and worksheets for conducting our own investigations."
Det. Taylor Allen, Bellingham (WA) PD
"Great presentation. Lot of knowledge on subject matter as well. Subject matter was easy to understand, is very relative to my job and my expectations. Classroom interaction is a huge part of this class. Learning how other departments do backgrounds was helpful for myself."
Ofc. Thomas Johnson, Grand Coulee (WA) PD
"It was clear the presenter has a vast amount of experience in this topic. He gave lots of real-world examples of why thorough backgrounds are critical to our agencies. I wish I had this training before I did my first background investigation."
Det. Donny Graves, Wenatchee (WA) PD
"Presented dozens of ways for our agency to improve our background investigations. I have left this training with a greater understanding of what should be done and given the tools to do so." Cpl. Kael Brink, Nez Perce County (ID) SO
"Honestly, I came for the background portion but gained significant - and highly relevant - recruitment information I can take back to my agency.
Ofc. Ashley Tobin, Port of Seattle PD
"It is imperative that law enforcement administrators have a thorough understanding of employee recruiting and the background investigation process. The instructor provides relevant and evidence-based material that will assist administrators grasp the major concepts of recruiting and applicant investigations." Chief Damon Simmons, Liberty Lake (WA) PD
"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