Oregon Considering Mandatory Background Checks for Employees at Emergency Operations Centers

By Michael Klazema on 2/23/2012

After an Oregon citizen brought up concerns about employees working at state emergency operations centers, state lawmakers are considering legislation that would make it mandatory for these employees to go through background checks. The concerned citizen, Paul Evans, stated that employees that work at emergency operations centers have access to a lot of sensitive information, like social security numbers, that could cause harm to others if it gets into the wrong hands.

In emergency situations, like when someone calls 911, they are often asked to give a lot of personal information that could be used to possibly commit identity theft, which is a problem nationwide. Though not common, data theft at 911 call centers has happened in the past and could certainly happen again in the future.

If the state decides to go through with this type of legislation, it would involve all emergency operations center employees and volunteers at the city, county and state level. Using a company like could offer Oregon a fast way to implement a standardized screening program. They have specific products like the instant Single State OneSEARCH that will quickly search for criminal records throughout Oregon.

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