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Required checks could pose problem

March 29, 2011

Steve Krull

    The county commissioners discussed at their meeting on Monday a provision of county insurance coverage that would require all people within county government who deal with children to have criminal background checks by law enforcement agencies.
    Steve Krull, superintendent of the Decatur-Adams County Parks and Recreation Department, said, for example, that he has 160 people who help coach soccer. So if each one has to have a full-fledged background check, that would cost $35 per person for a total of $5,600.
    Krull said local law enforcers, such as the sheriff's office and Decatur police, charge nothing for background checks, but they are not as complete as the full-scale versions.
    It was noted that checks by the police or sheriff's departments only look at convictions in Indiana, while full-scale checks cover convictions in all 50 states.
    No decisions were made.

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