Criminal Minds

    Sometimes, you just get a funny feeling about someone. If you’re in a position where you have to hire staff for work, you certainly want to employ every legal means possible to ensure that you are not only hiring someone who fits the job description, but someone who also does not pose a threat to your product or services, your customers, or your employees. One way to do this is to do a quick background check.

    Sometimes, smaller businesses may not know there are resources available. Here are a few good options available through the State of Hawaii.

    1. Sex Offenders
    You can run any name through the Hawaii Sex Offender database. Simply go to http://sexoffenders.ehawaii.gov/sexoffender/search.html, type in some information (counter-intuitively, plugging in less information is actually better, as it will simply give you a bigger pool of results to browse through) and hit “Search”. A list should populate, showing your results. Assuming you have some hits, you’ll see their name, address, offender status, and when their file was last updated, all at a glance. You can move your curser over each name to usually view their mugshot. To see more information on a particular person, simply click on their name. Here you will see a more detailed description of this person, including their aliases, scars/marks/tattoos, birthdate, any vehicles they own, and their offense, among other information. It’s pretty detailed, and will give you everything you need to know.

    2. eCrim
    Also available through the State of Hawaii website, you can find a general criminal record (not necessarily sex crime specific) for any individual. Go to https://ecrim.ehawaii.gov/ahewa/. You will see that you have to be logged in to access this section. If you haven’t already, create a login and password. Then, you will be able to plug in search criteria (name, date of birth, social security number, etc) and search this person. Each search will cost $5, and a report will cost $10. If the results come back saying No Records Found, then this means this person does not have any convictions. If your search does produce names, you can scroll thorough until you find the name you’re looking for. Click their name, and you can add them to your cart. You can continue searching for multiple names and adding them to your cart as necessary. Once you are done, simply check-out and pay (remember $10 per name), and then you’ll be able to view their criminal record. Remember to save the pdf to your computer, as your access to the online view will only be for a limited time.

    If you would like to see a 2 minute official youtube video on eCrim, you can click here.

    Although not the pretty, flashy side of events, this is certainly a topic that is important to discuss, and these are resources that are important to know about. I hope you’ll never really need to use them, but if you ever do, at least you know where to start.

    JOHNNY TSU