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Background Investigations Can Break You

I'm always amazed by the number of applicants who get caught by background investigations. If you think the background investigator will wake up stupid that morning and let you slip through, please think again.

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FBI: Steve Jobs Was a 'Deceptive Individual'

The FBI today released its file on the late Apple founder Steve Jobs which includes comments from former friends and associates, including one source who describes him as "a deceptive individual who is not completely forthright and honest."

Child Sexual Abuse: More Prevalent Than You Think

Research indicates crimes involving the sexual abuse of minors are greatly underreported, and many organizations that serve youth aren't doing a good job of addressing, let alone preventing, them.

Avoid Diploma Mills for Your Degree

There are always those who try to circumvent the system and purchase their degrees. For me, this is an integrity issue. If you took the low road on one requirement, what else have you shortchanged us on?

Should You Gain Law Enforcement Certification On Your Own?

You may complete the academy, but won't be certified until a law enforcement agency employs you. In some states, this completes the certification process. In others, you'll have to attend additional law enforcement training for completion. Because you haven't been a cop, you may not have received specialized training that requires full law enforcement clearances.

N.Y. Recruit Terminated for Non-Accredited Degree

A Schenectady (N.Y.) Police recruit has been terminated a day after he was sworn, after it was determined his bachelor's degree had come from a non-accredited online degree program.

Agencies Scrutinizing Social Media Use By Recruits

Some agencies are also demanding that applicants provide private passwords, Internet pseudonyms, text messages and e-mail logs for sites including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and MySpace.