Background checks go digital

Clerk of Court office completes two-year effort
Nov. 12, 2013 @ 04:20 PM

A new records keeping system implemented by the Davidson County Clerk of Courts Office speeds up the concealed carry permit application process.

Clerk of Court Brian Shipwash said the Special Proceeding Confidential Division is the first in the state to digitally record all files held by the county in multiple systems. Clerk of Court personnel now have digital access to confidential files used to perform mental health checks for carry conceal weapon applications by the Davidson County Sheriff's Office.

"I'm all for anything that helps someone get their permit if they want one," said Sheriff David Grice.

Mental health checks under the previous format could take up to 90 days to complete. The process only will take seconds now, as clerks have access to all records dating back to 1982.

"This has been an extremely difficult task to complete," Shipwash said. "We will continue to strive for excellence and leverage technology in our everyday practices to better and more efficiently serve our community. 

"This has great benefits not only to the Sheriff's Office but also the public in receiving their applications back in a timely manner," Shipwash added.

Deputy Clerks Kristen Craver, Courtney Creger and George Price completed the two-year project, which puts information on any case in the Special Proceeding Confidential Division since 1970 in digital form.


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