Upgrading a safety program for city workers and residents, Glendale will now conduct national criminal background checks on all employees, volunteers and those who seek permits from the city.
For the last 10 years, the Live Scan program, which uses fingerprints to determine whether potential workers and contacts have a criminal past, checked records in California only. Starting Monday, the city's Live Scan services will tap U.S. Department of Justice files to search all 50 states, officials said Friday.
"We don't want someone coming from another state who has committed an egregious act," said Glendale City Clerk Ardy Kassakhian. "In the past, if you were to apply for a tobacco vendor or taxi cab or massage therapy permit, anything where you'd be interfacing with the public, you would undergo a background check. But it only referenced arrests or incidents that took place in California. It seemed logical to expand that and look at other states, as well."