The fact is that you live in a big world. And it is quite impossible for you to get to know all the people you are dealing and working with. Just the same, it is very important to try your best in finding out all that you can about these people, especially if they work for you, or if you are establishing close personal relationships with them.
Perhaps one of the best ways to get to know someone is by running a check on his criminal history. Of course, you would want it clean, but you would be surprised to know that a lot of people keep a lot of deep, dark secrets. You just have to be on your guard every time.
You need not go to a police station to wade through their voluminous records. This could be a hassle for you, and could be time-consuming as well. Your remedy lies in the form of the Internet. At present, there are a lot of websites that offer access to police records.
Be wary of sex offenders
Family Watchdog is a site that offers access to a national database of registered sex offenders. Pay particular attention to this since there have been a lot of incidences when sex offenders and pedophiles stalk their victims while in the guise of holding small-town jobs. Not only will you be protecting yourself and your children, you will be helping protect your community as well.
Do not snub online court records
Courts nowadays are employing technology to serve more people. In fact, you can check if your local district and circuit courts have uploaded court decisions in their websites for your free perusal. Use the search function in the court website, and chances are you will be directed to the case decision involving the person you are checking on, if any court decision has been decided against him or in his favor.
Research on other search engines
Since people started paying more attention to the importance of conducting background checks on people, specifically if they hold police records, more and more companies have put up websites where you can find them. Make sure to check on the reputation of these companies before you engage their services, especially if they require a fee.
Find the most practical solution
Also, it would be good for you to know that some of these websites, while offering free access to police records, have dubious reputation. The information they offer you might not have been obtained in a legitimate manner. Some websites are also difficult to navigate, owing to the lengthy information they contain. Some website are simply fake — they charge your credit card but do not provide access to any records in return.
A more practical, convenient and safe method to search for police records would be to get access to a nationwide registry of police records. Sure, you would have to pay a small fee. But the peace of mind that you will be getting in return is certainly worth the minimal number of pennies you will pay.