• Law Enforcement Background Investigation

  • Pre-Employment Public Safety Background Investigations 


    GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION 1031: Each class of public officers or employees declared by law to be peace officers shall meet all the following minimum standards.

    Be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship, except as provided in section 2267 of the vehicle code.

    Be at least 18 years of age.

    Be fingerprinted for the purposes of search of local, state, and national fingerprint files to disclose a criminal record.

    Be of good moral character, as determined by a thorough background investigation.

    Be a high school graduate, pass the General Education Development Test or other school equivalency test approved by the State Department of Education that indicates high school graduation level, pass the California High School Proficiency Examination, or have a two-year, four-year, or advanced degree from an accredited college or university. The high school should be either a United States public school, and accredited United States Department of Defense high school, or an accredited or approved public or nonpublic high school. Any accreditation or approval required by this subdivision shall be form a state or local government educational agency using local or state government approved accreditation, licensing, registration, or other approved standards, a regional accrediting Association, and accrediting Association recognized by the secretary of the United States department of education, and accrediting Association holding for membership in the national Council for private school accreditation, an organization holding for membership in advanced, an organization holding for membership and counsel for American private education, or and accrediting Association recognized by the national Federation of non-school state accrediting Association.

    Be free from any physical, emotional, or mental conditions that might adversely affect the exercise of the powers of a peace officer.

    Physical condition should be evaluated by a licensed physician and surgeon.

    Emotional and mental condition shall be evaluated by either the following; a physician and surgeon who holds a valid California licensed to practice medicine, has satisfactorily completed a postgraduate medical residency education program in psychiatry accredited by the accreditation Council for graduate medical education, and has at least the equivalent of five full-time years of experience in the diagnosis and treatment of emotional and mental disorders, including the equivalent of three full-time years occurred after completion of the site theatrics residency program.

    A psychologist licensed by the California Board of psychology who has at least the equivalent of five full-time years of experience in the diagnosis and treatment of emotional and mental disorders, including the equivalent of three full-time years occurred postdoctorate.

     This section shall not be construed to preclude the adoption of additional or higher standards, including age.

    (AMENDED BY Stats. 2015, Ch. 499, Sec. 1 Effective January 1, 2016.)


    Background Investigation Evaluation Criteria:

    • Moral Character
    • Handling Stress and Adversity
    • Work Habits
    • Interactions with Others
    • Intellectually-Based Abilities


    Prestigious Investigative Services is POST certified to conduct Public Safety Background Investigations.  Our agency completed 40 hours of certification with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department and recently completed 16 hours POST approved update Background certification that was held at the Carlsbad Police Department Training Center.  POST control# 5010-30330-15003.


    Benefits of Utilizing an Independent Investigative Firm to Conduct Law Enforcement Background Investigations:

    • Cost Saving to the Department
    • Unbiased/Impartial Investigation
    • Expedient Turnaround Time in Completion of Reports
    • Better Utilization of Departmental Personnel in Public Service