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Updated Aug 10, 2012 - 7:53 am

DPS fingerprinting squad faces backlog

PHOENIX — The Arizona Department of Public Safety’s fingerprinting squad
faces a backlog of 12,000 applicants.

The Arizona Republic reported that the backlog has caused
problems for school districts whose teachers need to be fingerprinted to make
sure teachers don’t have criminal backgrounds.

DPS also runs fingerprint checks for other workers, such as child-care
providers.

Capt. Raymond Butler, manager of DPS’ fingerprint squad, said the agency has
dealt with a backlog for several years, but hiring freezes left them with little
option but to authorize overtime until late last year.

With an upturn in the economy and more jobs needing fingerprint clearance, the
agency has adjusted to an increased demand.

Officials staff the squad 24 hours a day, and have hired four temporary
technicians and are hiring 10 additional technicians soon.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com

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