As part of any level of records check, police conduct a search of the RCMP National Repository of Criminal Records. This search may be conducted by only using the applicant’s personal identifiers including their name and date of birth. This type of search is commonly accepted for records check purposes for employment and volunteer organizations.
The National Repository of Criminal Records contains information on individuals who have been charged with indictable or dual procedure offences. These records include a person’s name, date of birth and their fingerprints. The individual’s records normally does not contain summary conviction offences, unless they are linked to an indictable or dual procedure offence.
Name-based records check have a weakness in verifying a person’s identity due to some last names being the same, differences in spelling, use of nicknames, legal name changes and the intentional changing of names which may result in a false positive or negative result in the search of the National Repository.
Certified Criminal Record Check
An applicant may be required to provide fingerprints to confirm that a criminal record does or does not match the applicant. This verification provides an enhanced level of confirmation. This is commonly required for Level 3 PIC-VS checks, and may also be required by some employers or government departments or agencies as part of their screening requirements for Level 1 or Level 2 Checks, or if the identity of the applicant needs to be confirmed.
When an applicant submits their fingerprints as part of a records check they are only used to confirm identity. The applicant’s submitted fingerprints are not added to a database where they cold be subject to a search.
Local police record of criminal convictions
A police service may have a record of one or more summary convictions for an applicant. In this situation the applicant would not have been fingerprinted and the conviction would not have bene uploaded to the National Repository. This conviction may be indicated on the applicant’s records check Release of Results as well.
On rare occasions a person may not have been fingerprinted but may have been convicted for an indictable or dual procedure offence. In this instance, a person may be flagged as having a criminal record by a local police service despite the conviction not been listed in the National Repository.
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Please contact the Winkler Police Service if you have additional questions.