Hiring a Nebraska Certified Officer:
When a Nebraska certified officer applies for a law enforcement position with a law enforcement agency; the agency administrator should contact the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center to ascertain if a “791” report has been filed against the applicant.
If a “791” report has been filed that officer CANNOT be hired as a law enforcement officer until the report has been reviewed and a determination has been made on the report.
When an agency has determined that no 791 report has been filed and the applicant has met all of the agency’s hiring standards, a conditional offer of employment can be extended to the applicant.
Once the conditional offer of employment has been extended, the applicant is statutorily required to provide the prospective employer with a signed, “Authority to Release Information to Prospective Employer” form.
If the applicant does not provide the prospective employer with this form, they CANNOT be hired as a law enforcement officer by the agency.
When the prospective employing agency receives the form from the applicant, the prospective employer shall provide that release to ALL previous law enforcement agencies with whom the applicant has been employed.
Within 10 days of receiving the release, the previous employing law enforcement agencies shall provide the prospective employing agency with records regarding the applicant. Previously, agencies would only disclose the dates of employment for this individual. With the passage of this law, agencies are required to disclose any information regarding the applicant.
Once the prospective employer has reviewed records from all previous law enforcement employers and determined that the applicant has passed a thorough background investigation as outlined in Title 79, Chapter 8, the prospective employer may hire the applicant.
Within seven (7) days of hiring a Nebraska certified officer, the new employing agency must submit to the Training Center the following forms: