Police Do Away With Legwork For School Background Checks

Published: 02nd December 2014 06:03 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd December 2014 06:03 AM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU: Struggling to cope with a deluge of applications, the city police have simplified the procedure of verifying the background of school staff.

Alok Kumar, Additional Commissioner of Police, told the media the simplified procedure would help them clear pending applications quickly.

NOT FOOLPROOF.JPGHe was participating in a Child Safety Week event organised by the Department of Public Instruction on Monday. After a spate of child sexual abuse cases, the police made it mandatory for teaching and non-teaching staff to produce police no-objection certificates when they seek employment. The fee for such a check is `250.

“Earlier, the police had to visit each home and do their background verification. Now, once we receive an application, we will check our database. If the name does not figure on the list, we will issue a no-objection certificate,” he said.

Asked what action the police would initiate if a name was found on the list, he said, “It is up to the managements and the Education Department to decide.” The police will only determine whether to issue a no-objection certificate or not, he explained.

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