Effective January 18th, 2016, WNPS fully adopted the 2014 LEARN Guidelines as it relates to a Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC). If you are requesting a police records check or a criminal records check, you MUST apply in person by attending the police station. Someone else cannot apply for you on your behalf. You must attend in person to pick up your completed documentation.
Police Criminal Records Check (PCRC)
This service is intended for applicants who are involved as a volunteer, employee or in any situation where a basic criminal background check is requested (i.e. retail, warehouse or immigration). This search is not intended for applicants who are seeking volunteer and/or employment with vulnerable persons. This search includes national databases only. The possible existence of criminal convictions and outstanding charges will be considered for release.Information is collected and disclosed according to section 29(1) and 32 of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Police Services Act, RSO 1990, c.P.15
Police Information Check (PIC)
This service will include the following information as it exists on the date of the search:
- Criminal convictions from CPIC and/or local databases and Summary Convictions from this police service’s local database
- Findings of Guilt under the Youth Criminal Justice Act within the applicable disclosure period
- Outstanding entries such as Warrants, Judicial Orders, Peace Bonds, Probation and Prohibition Orders
- Absolute and Conditional discharges.
Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC)
This service is restricted to applicants seeking employment and/or volunteer work with vulnerable individuals. This includes national and local police databases. The possible existence of criminal convictions and outstanding charges, as well as incidents of all notable police contacts for at least the previous five years will be considered for release. Information is collected and disclosed according to section 29(1) and 32 of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Police Services Act, RSO 1990, c.P.15
Who are vulnerable persons?
Vulnerable persons or individuals refers to a class of persons who, because of their age, a disability or other circumstances, whether temporary or permanent are in a position of dependence on others or are otherwise at a greater risk than the general population of being harmed by persons in a position of authority or trust relative to them (e.g. children, disabled or elderly)
The Police Vulnerable Sector Check WILL include the following information, as it exists on the date of the search:
- Criminal convictions from CPIC and/or local databases.
- Summary convictions, for five years, when identified.
- Findings of Guilt under the Youth Criminal Justice Act within the applicable disclosure period.
- Outstanding entries, such as charges and warrants, judicial orders, Peace Bonds, Probation and Prohibition Orders.
- Absolute and conditional discharges for 1 or 3 years respectively.
- In very exceptional cases, where it meets the Exceptional Disclosure Assessment, non-conviction dispositions including, but not limited to, Withdrawn and Dismissed.
- Not Criminally Responsible by Reason of Mental Disorder.
- All record suspensions as authorized for release by the Minister of Public Safety.
The Police Vulnerable Sector Check WILL NOT include:
- Convictions under provincial statutes.
- Local police contact.
- Ministry of Transportation information (PARIS).
- Special Interest Police (SIP) category of CPIC.
- Family Court Restraining Orders.
- Foreign information.
- Any reference to incidents involving mental health contact.
- Diversions will not be released as police contact and no reference to the occurrence is permitted (CC S. 717.4).
- Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) information beyond the applicable disclosure period.
- Any reference to contagious diseases
If the person requesting the Records Check is under the age of 16 years and does not have sufficient identification a parent or legal guardian (with proper identification) can guarantee the young person's identity.
I still have questions. Who can I contact?