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- What is a police background check?
- Do I need a police check to get a job?
- I am under 16 years of age. Can I get a police check?
- I am attending post-secondary school and living in Weyburn as a student. Can I get a screening 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?
- Why must I be fingerprinted again?
- Is there a difference between a screening check done by my local police service, and a check offered by a third-party company?
- Can I get my police check done any faster?
- 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 Weyburn, or I reside outside of Canada. How can I get a screening check?
What is a police background check?
A police background check contains information the police have on file pertaining to an individual. This includes, but is not limited to, a record of convictions for criminal offences across Canada, outstanding charges before the courts, current judicial orders that are in effect (such as peace bonds, prohibitions or probation orders). Some people have absolutely no such information, while others may have some or all of these categories.
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.
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 16 years of age. Can I get a police check?
There may be very limited information available, if anything. Persons under 16 years must attend the Criminal Record Check office of the Police Service in person, as it is unlikely they will be able to authenticate ID using the on-line process.
I am attending post-secondary school and living in Weyburn as a student. Can I get a screening 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 as long as you have a Weyburn address. We can run your criminal record check but follow up from your previous residence may be required.
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 and recent dispositions may not be updated on the system at the time a check is conducted.
In our experience, most employers will ask for a new screening check if the current one is over 3-6 months, and almost certainly if it's older than one year. However, this is entirely at the discretion of the agency/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.
Why must I be fingerprinted again?
If your Vulnerable Sector check resulted in a possible match to a pardoned offender record for sexual offences, your fingerprints must be taken for comparison and elimination purposes. As with all fingerprints collected for civil (non-criminal) purposes, they are only retained in the system for 120 days. If you have been fingerprinted before for purposes such as military, security clearance, etc., those prints cannot be re-purposed for a Vulnerable Sector check. It is highly unlikely the prints were queried against the pardoned offenders database at the time, as it requires (a) a justifiable purpose for the VS query, and (b) written consent by the applicant to have their prints queried against this specific databank. Therefore, in most cases you will have to submit new prints each time you require a Vulnerable Sector check. Of note, less than 8% of all VS applicants are a possible match and require this fingerprint elimination.
Is there a difference between a screening check done by my local police service, and a check offered by a third-party company?
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Can I get my police check done any faster?
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 the Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI). 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.
What if I don't disclose all the pages of my police check, or alter the information prior to showing it to an employer?
The Weyburn Police Service applies a security seal to certify documents as original, 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 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 Weyburn, or I reside outside of Canada. How can I get a screening check?
The Weyburn Police Service provides screening checks only for residents of Weyburn. Note - Vulnerable Sector Checks can only be done for Canadian residents residing and employed in Canada.
If you reside outside Canada, you can obtain a certified criminal records check by submitting fingerprints directly to the RMCP. Note - this only contains information relevant to criminal convictions, if any.