We have written about the Texas DPS (Department of Public Safety) database before, things have not improved. Long considered “one of the best…of the worst”, the Texas Statewide Criminal Database is full of holes. These holes are critical because many industries are required by Texas law to use this system. What does this mean to residents in Texas? Teachers, Politicians, Nurses, Doctors etc. are checked through an inadequate system of obtaining criminal records. You have to see the percentages in this article, it will blow your mind.
the Department of Public Safety says counties in the most recent assessment submitted outcomes on just 69 percent of criminal charges
69 Percent, are you kidding me? I realize that in Baseball, failing seven out of ten times means you are an All-Star. In the world of criminal records even 99 Percent is not good enough. Fortunately there are some companies in Texas that utilize best practices and do more than just a DPS search. We have hundreds of clients in Texas and most use a countywide criminal search in addition to the DPS. If you are relying solely on this system, you must read on!
Counties Fail to Update Cases in Texas’ Crime Database
11:28 PM CDT on Thursday, August 21, 2008
By ROBERT T. GARRETT / The Dallas Morning News
AUSTIN – The state’s criminal database, riddled with holes four years ago, has just as many gaps today.
Although officials in Dallas and other poorly reporting counties promised in 2004 to do better, the Department of Public Safety says counties in the most recent assessment submitted outcomes on just 69 percent of criminal charges – the same percentage as before.
“That’s astonishing. That’s leaving a substantial total number of criminals unreported in the system,” said John Bradley, Williamson County district attorney. “That’s the biggest threat to public safety that you can imagine, particularly in a post-9/11 time when we rely on databases to protect the public.”
Angie Klein, manager of the DPS criminal history records bureau, attributed the counties’ lack of progress to slow resolution of many felony cases, and glitches in big urban counties, which can bring down statewide compliance rates.