Background Investigation

Prior to employment with the Vancouver Police Department, the Background Investigations Unit will conduct a comprehensive on-site Background Investigation. This will include, but is not limited to examination and investigation of employment history, driving history, criminal history, financial history, military history, and general life history. A credit report will be obtained. Any pertinent military records will be obtained. Various other documentation may be obtained or required. Interviews will be conducted with employment and character references, both those provided by the candidate and those developed through the course of the investigation. A candidate can expect that both past and present coworkers, supervisors, spouses, family members, neighbors, friends, roommates, business associates, and leisure or civic activity associates may be contacted by a Vancouver Police Background Investigator. A comprehensive interview with the candidate is also conducted.

There are currently three detectives in the Background Unit:

Sgt.Dave Henderson;
Det. Sam Abdala;
Det. Leah Supriano;


Polygraph Examination

The applicant will be required to complete a structured polygraph examination with a certified Vancouver Police Polygraph Examiner.