Police gives way to private for criminal record checks

particuliers-peuvent-avoir-besoin-verification(Quebec) Because demand is soaring and the electronic transmission of fingerprints became mandatory, many police abandoned the police check of ordinary citizens and invite them to turn to the private sector.

Whether the request for a new employer or a minor hockey association in which one wants to get involved, the reasons are many today that a citizen needs a certificate validating it has no criminal record.

At the Surete du Quebec (SQ), we no longer offer this service in the various regional offices since April 1. However, there is an exception for people who want to be volunteers. Organizations applying to show their credentials must take agreement with the provincial police force, which will verify the antecedents of their members absolutely free.

The SQ does not specify the reasons for such a change. “It stems from a decision of the RCMP. It is not we who have taken that decision, “expresses the spokesperson Geneviève Bruneau.

At the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), we do not comment on the decision of the SQ, but informs us that since 1 July 2014, in the case of a verification request for civilian purposes, it requires that fingerprints are taken and sent electronically.

Previously, the presentation of two identity cards to a local police station was enough. “This new process will improve service levels as well as checking the accuracy,” says Annie mail us Delisle gendarme, citing the RCMP Web site.

At the Quebec City police, it was decided to continue to offer verification service, for a fee, which are adjusted annually. When it is for gainful employment are asked $ 63, but for a voluntary basis, is $ 11.

“We really have a lot of requests for jobs of all kinds: daycare centers, playgrounds … in fact, everyone is called to be in contact with children. This is madness! “Launches spokeswoman Nancy Roussel.

At the Lévis police, it was decided to end the free service on October 1. “He would have had to buy a second machine to take digital fingerprints and put someone almost full time on it. It would have been too costly to meet the demand, “said spokesman Patrick Martel.

The police, however, retains some its verification agreements, for example with taxi drivers. “For sure that people find it a pity, but it is not a lack of will on our side. Given the news, we were not able to provide, “says Martel.

The watchword for mandatory fingerprinting was accompanied by new agreements with private companies. Ten have obtained accreditation from the RCMP.

Quebec identity is the one that offers the most service points in Quebec. Founded in 2012 in Laval, it now has 23 offices where you can make an appointment for fingerprinting. “It has grown rapidly. When my bosses knew that the SQ would stop doing it, they began expansion mode, “says Emmie Vaillancourt, an employee ID Quebec. The company has just opened an office on the Boulevard Guillaume Couture in Lévis to meet customers who will no longer apply to the municipal police.

The cases are numerous. People who want to adopt a visa for a trip abroad, make an immigration application, a name change, or placement of the student must go through this process. “Employers ask for more. We want to ensure that the person has a clean record, “says Vaillancourt.

Volunteerism

Some people who want to volunteer with children – for example, a dad who wants to lead the soccer team of his son – also go to them. Unless they find the bill, oscillating between $ 65 and $ 90, very salty. “We have discussions with various voluntary organizations to implement specific agreements,” says Vaillancourt.

In the RCMP, we are assured that the personal information of citizens are well protected, even if you are dealing with private companies. Before accrediting a company, the RCMP is conducting safety investigations of all employees and inspects facilities “for data protection,” said Annie Delisle gendarme.

More complicated for SEVEC

For the first time this year, SEVEC ask parents whose child participates in a student exchange with proof that he has no skeleton in the closet. “This is something that has been asked in the past, especially by the group of organizers. It’s really for the safety of everyone we do this, “says Jamie McCullough, director of programs at the SEVEC. No incidents of sexual or other, however, has been reported to the federal agency, which organizes exchanges of young students from 12 to 17 years since 1936.

SEVEC however laments that the verification process of criminal record can result in additional costs for some parents. “In some places, we are told that it is free, some not. It is complicated. It seems that in every province and in every city, we do things a little differently, “says Ms. McCullough. At the school Aubier Levis, for example, it had advised the parents of children participating in a SEVEC exchange they would have to pay for the audit. The school board Navigators however maintains that she simply asked to fill out a form stating that they have no criminal record, and that no charge.

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