Do You Require A Police Background Check? Plan Ahead

Now is the time of year that the Hamilton Police Service experiences higher demand for criminal background checks.  This means that we may take longer to complete background checks. Please initiate your background check as early as possible to ensure that it is complete when you need it. 

There are three kinds of police background checks: 

1)     Criminal Records Check (CRC), which determines if there is a criminal record history.

2)     Criminal Records and Judical Matters Check (CRJMC), which determines a criminal history and any outstanding warrants, charges and judicial orders available.

3)     Vulnerable Sector (VS) Check, which provides all of the information on the CRJMC as well as a search of the database for pardoned sex offences. 

If your agency has asked you to get a Vulnerable Sector (VS) Check you must be in a position of trust or authority over a vulnerable person as defined in the Criminal Records Act.  You will be asked your involvement with vulnerable persons if you apply for a VS Check.

When you apply for a VS Check, a name-based criminal record check might not provide a definite way of confirming your identity, and you may be asked to provide fingerprints.  The use of fingerprints is the most accurate way to confirm a person's identity. They ensure that individuals cannot evade their criminal past, and protect individuals from being falsely associated with a criminal record that is not theirs.  Elimination by means of fingerprints does come with an additional charge, as the prints must be sent to the RCMP for comparison. 

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