How Rigorous is the Government’s Background Checking of Census Workers?

Posted by Kristina Taylor
May 24, 2010

How Rigorous is the Government’s Background Checking of Census Workers?

A recent incident has brought questions to the table in terms of the U.S. Government’s background checking policy for census workers.

In Indianapolis, Indiana, a census worker allegedly raped a young woman after essentially “casing” the home to determine when the woman would be alone. 

As a response to this shocking crime, government officials insist that their background screening methodologies are rigorous and that all census workers must pass the background checks before being allowed to work.

The public is asked to always be on alert when talking to census workers, who should never force their ways into someone’s home.  Additionally, if a census worker behaves inappropriately or makes an individual feel comfortable, it’s recommended that the census worker’s name be taken and submitted to the local authorities.

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