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Background / Pointer System

The POST Board has developed a system to track background investigations of candidates for peace officer positions called the Pointer System. It is designed to assist law enforcement agencies by sharing information and conserving resources.

Under MN STAT 626.87, subd. 5, law enforcement agencies are required to notify POST when a background investigation is initiated. 

 "Upon initiation of a background investigation under this section, the law enforcement agency shall give written notice to the Peace Officer Standards and Training  Board of:

(1) the candidate's full name and date of birth; and
(2) the candidate's peace officer license number, if known.

The initiation of a background investigation does not include the submission of an application for employment. Initiation of a background investigation occurs when the law enforcement agency begins its determination of whether an applicant meets the agency's standards for employment as a law enforcement employee.”

To report information required by this Statute, complete  the “Notification of Pre-employment Background Investigation” form and fax or mail to POST. Include your fax number  or mailing address if you would like a response showing other agencies who have conducted a background on this individual, license status and any board action taken against the license or eligibility.

If you have any Pointer System questions or requests, please contact Terry Sandbeck at 651-201-7786  or by fax at 651-643-3072.