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- What is a police record check?
- Do I need a police check to get a job?
- I am under 18 years of age. Can I get a police check?
- I am attending post-secondary school and living in Rivers as a student. Can I get a police record check done here?
- I'm beginning my job search. Should I obtain a police check in advance?
- How long is a police check valid? Is there an expiry date?
- What if I choose the wrong type of police check?
- What if I have a criminal record? Will this automatically bar me from getting a job?
- I have police contact information that I feel might hinder my chances of getting a job. Is there a process I can use to get things removed from my police check?
- Do you release information on my driving history including speeding tickets and other infractions?
- Why does it take so long to get my check done?
- What if I don't disclose all the pages of my police check, or alter the information prior to showing it to an employer?
- I don't live in Rivers. How can I get a police record check?
- I don't live in Canada. How can I get a police record check?
- Can I get more information about about Absolute and conditional discharges.
What is a police record check?
A police record check may contain certain categories of information the police could have on file pertaining to an individual. This includes, but is not limited to, a record of convictions for criminal offences across Canada, outstanding warrants, judicial orders in effect (such as peace bonds, prohibitions or probation orders), and certain documented contacts an individual may have had with the police in recent years. Some people have absolutely no such information, while others may have some or all of these categories. The extent of information released depends on which level of police record check the employer requires, specific to the position.
In releasing information, the police take no position on the suitability of the applicant, and will not offer any comment or opinion It is entirely at the discretion of the employer as to whether or not the applicant may be considered for the position.
Do I need a police check to get a job?
Not necessarily. Although some employers do not require one, more and more are asking for police checks as part of the application process. We advise employers to use the police check as one of the last steps in the process, after they've reviewed your application, conducted interviews and checked references.
The police do not require people to get record checks. You are being asked to provide one by the agency/employer to which you are applying. Our role is limited to providing a report with any potentially relevant information held in police databanks.
I am under 18 years of age. Can I get a police check?
The Rivers Police Service does not offer police checks for persons under 18 years of age unless the applicant requires one for a paid or volunteer position with a government employer (federal, provincial or municipal).
Eligible persons under 18 years must attend The Rivers Police Service in person, as they will not be able to successfully authenticate ID using the on-line process.
Be advised that in accordance with RCMP policy, persons under 18 years of age may not apply for a Vulnerable Sector (VS) screening check. Due to the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, an individual sentenced for an offence as a Young Person does not have to apply for a record suspension (Pardon), since all records are destroyed or archived once all applicable time periods have elapsed.
I am attending post-secondary school and living in Rivers as a student. Can I get a police record check done here?
If you have resided in another jurisdiction and still retain your permanent address there, you are advised to obtain a screening check from that police service. We will accept your screening application if you are able to provide documents to prove you are registered as a student in a Rivers educational institution. This would include a current student card, as well as documents showing your local address (rental/lease agreement, etc.).
I'm beginning my job search. Should I obtain a police check in advance?
We do not recommend it. First, you might obtain the wrong type of check and then have to apply for a new one at additional cost. As well, most employers will want a recent police check; if you do one in advance, it might not be accepted depending on when it was originally completed.
How long is a police check valid? Is there an expiry date?
Police records checks are only valid on the day they are issued, since information can change from day to day. They are a 'snapshot in time' only. The police do not determine an expiry date; this is up to the agency/employer. Some might accept a police check that is 3-6 months old, while others may want a new one.
Since a person can be clear of charges or criminal activity today but could be arrested and charged tomorrow, we offer no guarantees on the validity of a police check beyond the actual date on which the search was conducted. As well, not all criminal convictions are reported to the RCMP, and more recent dispositions may not be updated on their system at the time a check is conducted.
In our experience, most employers will ask for a new police record check if the current one is beyond 6 months, and almost certainly if it's older than one year. However, this is entirely at the discretion of the agency/employer.
Note that Vulnerable Sector checks are only valid for the specific employer/position for which it was conducted, and are not likely to be accepted by another VS sector employer.
What if I choose the wrong type of police check?
We stress that you make your choice carefully as we do not provide refunds or exchanges. If you are in doubt, the agency/employer should be able to tell you which one they require for the position.
What if I have a criminal record? Will this automatically bar me from getting a job?
The employer must find information from a police check relevant to the job they are offering. The Human Rights Code states that a person cannot be discriminated against based on, among other things, a 'record of offences'. Obviously some jobs - such as Police or Corrections Officer - will require the person to be free of convictions and have nothing in their history that might call their integrity into question. A person seeking a job at a financial institution will not likely be successful if they have convictions for theft, fraud or other crimes of dishonesty. However, a criminal record may not necessarily bar a person from obtaining employment or a volunteer position - the employer must show how that record is relevant to the position being offered - a bona fide reason for refusal.
I have police contact information that I feel might hinder my chances of getting a job. Is there a process I can use to get things removed from my police check?
You do have an option of appealing the release of certain information through our Reconsideration process. This relates only to police contact information. Criminal convictions are always released and cannot be appealed.
You must submit your request in writing, and provide the reasons why you feel the information should not be included. More detailed information on the Reconsideration process can be found on our website:
Do you release information on my driving history including speeding tickets and other infractions?
We do not disclose any non-criminal driving offences. If the job you are applying for requires proof of a clear driving record, you can obtain your Driver's Abstract from Manitoba Public Insurance. However, we will disclose any driving offences under the Criminal Code, such as Impaired Driving, Dangerous Driving, Criminal Negligence, etc., as well as the disposition.
Why does it take so long to get my check done?
We process many police record checks each year for various employers as well as school boards and minor sporting leagues. Each one must be queried, the results analyzed, and in the case of potential police contacts, reports must be reviewed individually. If you've resided at an address outside Rivers in recent years, we must also contact that police service to conduct a query of their local records. All of this takes time and resources. While we can usually complete your police check well within the stated timeframes, there may be occasions where information is delayed or requires further confirmation.
What if I don't disclose all the pages of my police check, or alter the information prior to showing it to an employer?
Rivers Police Service apply security seals to certify documents as original, write our responses in blue ink, and include the number of pages to ensure all available information is properly released. If a person deliberately alters the results of their police check by changing the content, it is considered Uttering a Forged Document, which is an offence under the Criminal Code. If we become aware this has occurred it will be investigated and charges could be laid.
If an agency/employer has any questions about the validity of the document, they can contact us. Although we will not discuss the content of a person's police check due to privacy reasons, we will confirm the number of pages originally released, and advise whether or not a document may have been altered.
I don't live in Rivers. How can I get a police record check?
The Rivers Police Service will conduct Criminal Records Checks (CRC) for those residing outside of Rivers Police jurisdicton. However, Vulnerable Sector Checks (VS) must be conducted by the police of local jurisdiction, in accordance with the Ministerial Directive Concerning the Release of Criminal Record Information by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Page 8 of the Directive includes the following:
... Where a Vulnerable Sector Verification report has been sought by an organization ... the police service of local jurisdiction where the applicant resides or authorized body as described in the Criminal Records Act may release the results ..."
Based on the Ministerial Directive, the definition of Vulnerable Sector Verification in the 'CCRTIS Dissemination of Criminal Record Information Policy' states that the check "must be conducted by the CPIC Agency of local jurisdiction where the Applicant resides.
I don't live in Canada. How can I get a police record check?
You can obtain a certified criminal records check by submitting fingerprints directly to the RMCP. Note that this only contains information relevant to criminal convictions, if any. It does not include police contact information, nor a search of the pardoned database. More information is available on the RCMP website at:
Can I get more information about about Absolute and conditional discharges.
The Criminal Code allows people who have been found guilty to receive "absolute or conditional discharges" instead of being convicted.
When adults are found guilty, instead of convicting them, the courts can give them an absolute discharge or a conditional discharge with a probation order. The RCMP's Canadian Criminal Real Time Identification Services (CCRTIS) seals these records in accordance with requirements of the Criminal Records Act.
- All absolute discharges received on or after July 24, 1992, are sealed after a period of one (1) year from the date of sentence.
- Absolute discharges received before July 24, 1992, are sealed upon written request from the individual.
- All conditional discharges received on or after July 24, 1992, sealed three (3) years following the date of the sentence.
- Conditional discharges registered before July 24, 1992, are sealed upon written request from the individual.
There is no fee to request the destruction of an absolute or conditional discharge that is older than one or three years respectively. Please note that you are not required to make a request if your absolute or conditional discharge is on or after July 24, 1992 – your discharge was/will be removed automatically. If your absolute discharge is before July 24, 1992, simply download the Request to Purge Absolute and/or Conditional Discharge form and complete and send by mail to:
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Record Suspension and Purge Services
Requests must contain all of the following information:
- your full name (including any maiden names or aliases);
- your date of birth;
- a complete return mailing address;
- your phone number (include area code); and
- the particulars of the offence(s) that apply.