Arrest records. Direct court access. National Criminal Database. When it comes to monitoring services, you have choices, and it can get confusing as to which service is needed, or why one is needed at all. Let’s take a look at the different services available and apply them to situations where they best fit.
First, why use Continuous Criminal Monitoring at all? The answer is simple. A well-conducted pre-employment background screen, while important and effective, only provides a snapshot of an individual’s past history at a given point in time. It won’t tell you if, after hire, the employee continues to meet your HR standards or acts against Which policy or puts your organization—or its reputation—at risk. The solution is continuous monitoring. By using continuous criminal monitoring, we can watch and analyze thousands of data streams for criminal activity. Think of it this way: Background screens are to still photos as continuous monitoring is to video; with continuous monitoring, the camera is rolling long after the screen has been completed. And, according to a 2015 study, with 12% of the U.S. workforce likely to be arrested in the next five years, that’s important.
You think Continuous Criminal Monitoring is a good idea and want to use it for the obvious protection it offers you organization. Excellent! But you’re asking, What level of monitoring do I need? There are three main distinctions you can consider.
National Criminal Database Monitoring acts as a base level. The search employs a large, multi-jurisdictional database compiled from state and county criminal record databases—millions of court records, incarceration records, prison/inmate records, probation/parole/release information, arrest data, and wants and warrants. Unfortunately, many court jurisdictions do not make their records available to third-party compilers, and many records that are available to the database are incomplete or outdated, so there are gaps. For this reason, National Criminal Database Monitoring cannot be used without other screens to adjudicate or verify a criminal record; however, with its wide range, it is an excellent first-level tool that could be used tool for many purposes, such as, for example, a group of volunteers working over a stretch of time, such as a youth baseball season.
The next step up is Continuous Criminal Monitoring. On top of the arrest, incarceration, and booking data that is actively monitored by TruView analysts, this level also adds TruView’s adjudicated data from direct interfaces with Department of Correction facilities and jails throughout the country. Our Continuous Criminal Monitoring is commonly used for organization-wide employee monitoring programs and, by covering 90% of the U.S. population, the solution is highly effective. Results are generated in real time, allowing TruView analysts to adjudicate the hit and alert you right away to the pending court information, so you can be ahead of any possible actions that could bring about detrimental consequences to your business.
Enhanced Continuous Criminal Monitoring is TruView’s industry Gold Standard. This advanced criminal monitoring solution includes direct interfaces for arrest, incarceration, and booking information, including direct and primary court record information. This means that the data isn’t scraped or obtained from a database but, rather, is generated directly at the source—the county or state court, for example—giving you the most accurate results after a triggering event. Enhanced Monitoring covers more than 90 percent of the population, with coverage in some states reaching over 95 percent. Enhanced Monitoring also includes such categories as direct federal court coverage, traffic court violations, and National Sex Offender Registry data. This level should be considered for senior management, C-suite executives, and any employee that might have access to sensitive information such as financials or trade secrets. Individuals at that level pose the greatest risk for reputational damage to a company and, therefore, the highest level of monitoring should be applied to protect against it.
While these monitoring options are central to TruView’s suite of monitoring services, we use a variety of proprietary database technologies as a customized risk-based intelligence configurations for our Clients. In a global economy with a growing international workforce, Global Watch List/OFAC Monitoring is often requested. Results from this service are obtained from a search of hundreds of databases covering U.S. and foreign regulatory sanctions, enforcement, and watch lists, including (but not limited to) the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Specially Designed Nationals (SDN) List, Bank of England Consolidated List, European Union Consolidated List, FBI and Interpol Most Wanted Lists, and other international fraud and Politically Exposed Persons (PEP) databases. As with all our monitoring services, any potential “hits” are adjudicated by TruView first prior to reporting to ensure maximum possible accuracy and compliance with the FCRA.
And then there’s Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) plus Social Media Monitoring. Frankly, this tool could be applied to everyone for a very simple reason: Behavior doesn’t have to rise to the level of criminality in order to be detrimental to an organization’s operation. With this service, keyword searches are implemented for categories such as Discrimination (Racism/Bigotry/Sexism); Illicit Drug Use; Proclivity to Violence/Violent Images; Illegal Activity; Terrorism; Language/ Inappropriate Content/ Provocative Content; and Toxic Behavior. Filtering for these categories ensures that employee’s social media and online presence doesn’t negatively impact your company’s reputation.
Even after conducting pre-employment background screens, monitoring services will help by giving you risk-based intelligence proactively, instead of being a step behind and having to react to a negative situation after it occurs. The addition of continuous monitoring closes the intelligence gap for employers.
Contact TruView today to discuss which a customized monitoring solution that fits your needs.
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