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LEAGUE OF MINNESOTA CITIES

MODEL POLICY


Before using this policy, a city should be familiar with the contents of the LMC information memo, Background Checks: The ABCs of BCA Data. Because many of the provisions are controlled by state law, the city attorney should review any modifications a city may propose to ensure they conform with statutory requirements. The law does not require the city to adopt a policy on Criminal History Background Checks; however, it may be a good method to ensure that the city is consistent with how it conducts such checks on applicants for employment or licenses.
CRIMINAL HISTORY BACKGROUND CHECKS POLICY

FOR EMPLOYMENT AND LICENSE APPLICANTS
PURPOSE
The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance to the city’s police department when accessing Minnesota’s criminal history information data base for purposes of employment and licensing background checks under Minn. Stat. 299C.72.
APPLICANTS FOR EMPLOYMENT
Consistent with the provisions of Minn. Stat. Sec. 299C.72, the _____________________ Police Department will conduct a criminal history background investigation on the applicants for the following positions within the city, unless the city’s hiring authority concludes that a background investigation is not needed:

Employment positions:



Option 1: List the positions that will be subject to the criminal records check individually.
Option 2: Include a phrase such as “all regular part-time or full-time employees of the City of ______ and other volunteer positions that work with children or vulnerable adults.”
Notes:

The policy does not need to include sworn police positions as these background checks are already authorized and covered by Minn. Stat. § 626.87, subd. 1.
The city will not obtain all of the criminal data authorized under the Child Protection Background Check Act (Minn. Stat. § 299C.61 & 62) on positions working with children by using the city’s police department to conduct background checks—the city must access those additional records by using the service provided by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and paying the associated fee—for more information contact the BCA or the League of Minnesota Cities.

In conducting the criminal history background investigation in order to screen employment applicants, the Police Department is authorized to access data maintained in the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s criminal history information data base in accordance with Minn. Stat. §299C.72. Any data that is accessed and acquired shall be maintained at the Police Department under the care and custody of the chief law enforcement official or his or her designee. A summary of the results of the criminal history data may be released by the Police Department to the hiring authority, including the City Council, the city ________ (e.g., city administrator/manager/clerk), or other city staff involved in the hiring process.


Before the investigation is undertaken, the applicant must authorize the Police Department by written consent to undertake the investigation. The written consent must fully comply with the provisions of Minn. Stat. Ch. 13 regarding the collection, maintenance, and use of the information. Except for the positions set forth in Minn. Stat. § 364.09, the city will not reject an applicant for employment on the basis of the applicant’s prior conviction unless the crime is directly related to the position of employment sought and the conviction is for a felony, gross misdemeanor, or misdemeanor with a jail sentence. If the city rejects the applicant's request on this basis, the city shall notify the applicant in writing of the following:
A. The grounds and reasons for the denial.

B. The applicant complaint and grievance procedure set forth in Minn. Stat. § 364.06.

C. The earliest date the applicant may reapply for employment.

D. That all competent evidence of rehabilitation will be considered upon reapplication.


Applicants for City Licenses
Consistent with the authority provided in Minn. Stat. Sec. 299C.72, the _____________________ Police Department will conduct a criminal history background investigation on the applicants for the following licenses within the city (Note, authority to conduct retail liquor license background checks is found in Minn. Stat. 340A. 402) :

City licenses:

(e.g. massage license, employees of liquor establishments; peddler licenses, etc.)

________________________

________________________

________________________

In conducting the criminal history background investigation in order to screen license applicants, the Police Department is authorized to access data maintained in the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s criminal history information systems data base in accordance with Minn. Stat. §299C.72. Any data that is accessed and acquired shall be maintained at the Police Department under the care and custody of the chief law enforcement official or his or her designee. A summary of the results of the criminal history data may be released by the Police Department to the licensing authority, including the City Council, the city ________ (e.g., city administrator/manager/clerk), or other city staff involved in the license approval process.

Before the investigation is undertaken, the applicant must authorize the Police Department by written consent to undertake the investigation. The written consent must fully comply with the provisions of Minn. Stat. Ch. 13 regarding the collection, maintenance, and use of the information. Except for the positions set forth in Minn. Stat. § 364.09, the city will not reject an applicant for a license on the basis of the applicant’s prior conviction unless the crime is directly related to the license sought and the conviction is for a felony, gross misdemeanor, or misdemeanor with a jail sentence. If the city rejects the applicant’s request on this basis, the city shall notify the applicant in writing of the following:

A. The grounds and reasons for the denial.

B. The applicant complaint and grievance procedure set forth in Minn. Stat. § 364.06.

C. The earliest date the applicant may reapply for the license.

D. That all competent evidence of rehabilitation will be considered upon reapplication.


Effective date: This policy shall take effect upon ________________________.


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