Our Mission

Our mission is to provide customers with the most comprehensive background check available in a timely manner, and at affordable rates by an expert & qualified staff. Our vision is to research and identify every available state and county criminal history court database in the nation. Most of the state and county criminal history databases we use have direct access to the county court clerks office. We use statewide police databases if available and requested by our customers. If no direct county court clerk access is unavailable we may use the statewide law enforcement databases or send out court retrievers directly into those counties to search for any misdemeanor and felony county criminal court record. In most cases our company offers a comprehensive background check by qualified staff in 24 to 72 hours excluding weekends and holidays.


Our Background

Background Investigations researches the criminal history of job applicants on a local, state, and nationwide basis. To accomplish this we go directly to the court docket to determine if a criminal conviction record exists for misdemeanors, gross misdemeanors, and felonies.

It is a requirement of state and federal law for employers to obtain a signed release from employment applicants prior to conducting a background check. At this time the employer can request the employment applicant complete a thorough pre-employment form listing his or her current and prior counties of residence within the past seven years. Our company checks for conviction history in the counties the applicant discloses and where we determine the applicant has lived for the past seven years.

In most circumstances, the response turnaround on criminal history checks is 24 to 72 hours, excluding weekends and holidays. The prospective employee completes a standard job application form along with a detailed release of information form. The release of information form is faxed, emailed, or submitted to our company over a secured login client website. Responses are retrieved by fax, email, or using our secure website.

Background Investigations  provides economical, reliable, and objective evidence to support you in your hiring decisions by helping you to assess a job candidate’s character and background.

Why Choose Us?

  • Over 23 years experience in Criminal Background searches.
  • We have knowledge and expertise in the industry’s cutting-edge investigative technology and resources.
  • Our turnaround time is often within 24 to 72 hours of your request.
  • Our clients include major nationwide employers.
  • We contribute and support a culture of corporate responsibility.
  • Quality and integrity mean the world to us.

Our Story

Background Investigations was started in 1995 by Kenneth R. Pinkerton.  In 1995 while working in the State of Washington as a Parole and Probation Fugitive Officer it was Ken’s job to investigate, locate, and apprehend fugitives.  While on the job it was determined fugitives were going out on fishing boats to Alaska.  The US Coast Guard was contacted and the fugitives were taken off fishing boats in Puget Sound and booked into the County jails.  One of the seafood companies called and asked why these individuals were being taken off the boats and arrested by the US Coast Guard.  The fishing company was told the recently hired applicants had fugitive warrants for violent crimes and these individuals were a danger to the community and other employees on the boat.  The fishing company stated it cost a lot of money to outfit new hires and process them for the trip to Alaska.  They indicated they were going to call the company that conducted the criminal background investigations on these individuals and advise them their services were no longer needed.  That is how Background Investigations was founded.  We have done approximately sixty background investigations per day since 1996. At the end of 2017, Background Investigations was bought by 6 and 9 Inc. and Mr. Pinkerton was asked to stay on as an employee. Mr. Pinkerton’s passion for precise and accurate searches and information sharing is evident within the office. This is why today, after 23 years in the business, Background Investigations is “Fast, Precise and Trusted.”

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