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Ft. Lauderdale police using electronic fingerprinting for background checks

Fort Lauderdale Police have introduced live scan fingerprinting for employment background checks.

Live Scan captures fingerprints electronically and transmits them to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) for processing. Now the FBI and FDLE can electronically process captured fingerprints from the Florida police department within days, instead of weeks.

In an article in Sun Sentinel, Fort Lauderdale Detective DeAnna Garcia said that the service is being provided “to anyone who lives in the city or works in the city so they can further their career or maybe obtain that job opportunity a little quicker.”

Many employers require criminal record checks. It should be noted that effective August 2010, the Florida Legislature passed a law requiring persons who apply for jobs in healthcare, insurance, schools and daycare to be subjected to fingerprinting.

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