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Fingerprinting Door-to-Door Solicitors in Southwick

SOUTHWICK, Mass. (WGGB) — They were two people no one would ever want knocking on their front door.

“On a background check for some magazine sales persons, we had one that was a sex offender who wasn’t registered in the commonwealth and we also had another vendor who was being charged with murder,” said Southwick Police Chief Mark Krynicki.

The standard background check on their names worked. But Krynicki said it could have been different if a fake name or I.D. was used.

“It’s easy to print fake I.D.’s, easy to use somebody else’s information,” said Krynicki. “We want to back up our check’s with finger printing.”

Krynicki wants to begin fingerprinting solicitors as part of the application process and at the expense of the solicitor’s company. The fingerprints could be sent to the FBI and other agencies to verify identity and to get a criminal background.

“I think it’s really a very good idea to have something like that,” said Grace Kulik of Southwick. “I do. You’d feel safer, a lot safer.”

“You don’t want these people coming to your door and being very aggressive in their sales tactics,” said Krynicki. “I’m just trying to protect the citizens of Southwick.”

He said the fingerprinting requirement would also apply to anyone who already has a license to buy or sell in town, like the owners of stores. These people would need to be fingerprinted when they renew their licenses.

Krynicki is presenting the fingerprinting proposal to the Southwick Board of Selectmen Cctober 22.

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