|The Illinois State Police (ISP) announced today implementation of the National Child Protection Act (NCPA) which ensures the safety and well-being of children and other vulnerable individuals through criminal background checks. The federal NCPA, as amended by the Volunteers for Children’s Act (VCA), encourages states to authorize fingerprint-based national criminal history record information background checks of individuals having unsupervised access to children, the elderly, and people with disabilities. |
“Implementation of the National Child Protection Act in Illinois will provide greater access for individuals in screening perspective employees and volunteers who seek to work for private organizations,” said ISP Director Jonathon Monken. “Consequently, a greater level of protection will be afforded to the most vulnerable members of our society and prove to be an invaluable tool in protecting them.”
The act specifically authorizes the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to provide national criminal history record information to qualified private organizations pursuant to the NCPA/VCA through the state's central repository. The Illinois State Police has implemented computer programming which will allow private organizations in Illinois to access national criminal history record information pursuant to the NCPA/VCA. Private organizations will be able to submit applicant fingerprints electronically to the ISP utilizing commercial live scan fingerprint vendors operating throughout Illinois. The fingerprints will be processed through the ISP’s criminal history record database and then forwarded to the FBI for processing. Once processing is completed by the ISP and FBI, a state and national criminal history response will be disseminated by the ISP directly to the authorized entity. The entire process is electronic from end to end requiring no human intervention in most cases.
The NCPA/VCA will be instrumental in providing an increased level of protection for Illinois children and other vulnerable adults placed in the care of adults for which a national criminal history record check has been performed. Private organizations that work with children, the elderly and people with disabilities will now have access to national criminal history record information compiled by the FBI and disseminated through the ISP electronically. National criminal history record information is available September 1, 2009, for authorized Illinois organizations pursuant to the NCPA/VCA. More detailed information on how to obtain national criminal history record information is available on the Illinois State Police web site at www.isp.state.il.us.