The Bashaw RCMP detachment is now one of several detachments across the province to offer online criminal record checks.
A pilot of an online criminal record check tool began on Sept. 22 in select communities in Alberta in an eedort to provide a simpler, more efficient public service during the ongiong pandemic.
Criminal record check information typically obtained from RCMP detachments can now be accessed online. If this online service option is successful, it will be expanded to other locations.
A criminal record check is obtained to determine if a person has been charged or convicted of a crime.
Vulnerable sector checks (VSC) are included in the service. A VSC is a police information check which is done to protect children and other vulnerable people from physical, sexual, mental, and financial abuse. A VSC is the most thorough of all background checks available.
Online criminal record checks will be processed within the same timeframe as they are typically done in person and will be mailed to the applicant, unless arrangements have been made for collection at the detachment.
The RCMP says the timing of this tool is important and beneficial, as physical distancing measures have encouraged people to minimize gathering and proximity with others.
“The Alberta RCMP is always looking for new opportunities to modernize and streamline our services for all Albertans across the province,” said Deputy Commissioner Curtis Zablocki, commanding officer of the Alberta RCMP in the release.
“Online criminal record checks offer an accessible and convenient option. Having contactless service is also ideal in a time when physical distancing may be preferred.”
In addition to Bashaw, the pilot program is only currently available to the Cochrane, Consort, Drayton Valley, Drumheller, Grande Prairie, Provost, St. Albert, St. Paul, Sundre, and Sylvan Lake RCMP detachments.
Criminal record checks will continue to be available in person at all detachment locations and will be the only option for any location area not covered for the pilot program.