March 25, 2020

UPDATED: Court Closures

Download a list of court closures related to the COVID-19 response. (Last updated March 25, 2020)

March 23, 2020

ALERT: Business Continuity

In light of the “Stay at Home” order announced Sunday March 22, 2020 by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, CIC would like you to understand our approach to business continuity and on-going customer services.

Beginning, Tuesday March 24, 2020, CIC staff will be working remotely. Our office location will be closed, however we will maintain business continuity and on-going customer services during normal business hours. Our convenient, fully-automated background screening system is available around the clock, and every order you place is monitored by our team of professional screening specialists for quality control, to ensure you get the most accurate information as quickly as possible.

Note: there will be delays in getting criminal records searches completed because of court closures (see below.) Education and Employment Verifications are similarly affected. If you have questions or concerns, please call 419.874.2201.

March 17, 2020

ALERT: COVID-19 Impact and Response

Corporate Intelligence Consultants is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace for our employees and helping our customers to do the same. As such, we are closely monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak according to the guidelines and recommendations of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). We want to share with you the actions we are taking to help protect our employees and customers.

We advised our employees to follow the public health authorities' guidance regarding hygiene and personal travel, and we reinforced employees who exhibit flu-like symptoms to stay home and consult with a medical professional. We limited business travel and encouraged employees to leverage technology to maintain business duties as we can.

We have measures in place so that we can complete business needs and will keep you updated on our Action Plan. If needed, we will have staff working from home to maintain our level of service.

We have been seeing some closures in various court systems which affect our ability to research criminal records. In addition, with schools closings in certain areas, we are seeing delays in education verifications. This is a fluid situation and we will continue to monitor these areas and update you as information becomes available.

We appreciate the trust that you place in Corporate Intelligence Consultants. We are prepared to take actions necessary to help keep our employees and customers safe while providing the products and services you need to run your business. For further information please contact our office. 419.874.2201

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Guns, Background Checks and Mass Murders

The brutal murder of nine innocent parishioners in an historic Charleston, S.C. church last month had us all stunned. If this event wasn’t tragic enough, we have now heard that it could have been avoided!

On July 10th, FBI Director, James Comey announced to the public that a flawed NICS system allowed the purchase of the weapon and the man accused of the mass murder should not have been able to purchase a gun adding , “We are all sick this happened. We wish we could turn back time.”

This tragic event further highlights the problems with the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System or NICS. As the system that the government relies upon as its most important tool for stopping gun crime, it is a sad failure. This latest tragedy is yet another example of what we have been telling our clients for years - the FBI and Ohio BCI checks are fraught with problems and not a completely reliable source for criminal information.

Here is what happened with the Dylann Roof background check:

● In late February, Dylann Roof was arrested by Columbia Police in Lexington, SC. where he admitted to possession of a controlled substance. His Record of Arrest & Prosecution (RAP) sheet listed the wrong arresting agency and did not include his admission of guilt or a conviction.

● In March, when Roof attempted to purchase a gun, the firearms dealer followed protocol and submitted Roof’s information to the FBI for the required background check. The information in the NICS system did not include all relevant jurisdictional information so that the examiner reviewing the data had to try to find the correct source of the drug possession arrest and verify the information. In the meantime, the 3-day clock for the background check expired.

● So, when Dylann Roof purchased his gun on April 1, 2015, there were no red flags on his NICS background check. The arrest alone would not have sent up a red flag and without obtaining further verification of a drug possession charge within the 3-day window, the sale of a firearm to Dylann Roof was a “legal” transaction albeit one with horrific results.

● In reviewing the case, the Lexington County Sheriff’s Office stated that a corrections officer noticed the mistake two days after Roof’s arrest and changed the records to list the correct arresting agency, but the change was only internal. They have since reviewed booking procedures and made technological changes to make sure the correct arresting agency is listed in a file.

● Director Comey has ordered an internal investigation of the FBI’s gun purchase background check process.

Carolyn Klemett is the coordinator of our Pre-employment Screening Services at Corporate Intelligence Consultants. For more information about this article or to receive Active Shooter Training for your company, please contact our offices at 1.800.573.2201 / 419.874.2201.

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