Police Information Check

Effective February 1st 2015, the Abbotsford Police Department has implemented a new policy on Police Information Checks.  This new policy is in response to the Office of Information and Privacy Commissioner’s report on Police Information Checks and the Ministry of Justices', proposed Model Policy Guidelines on Police Information Checks.  The BC Association of Chiefs of Police has endorsed this policy.

The new policy guidelines are intended to ensure that policies and practices align amongst police agencies in BC so that citizens, employers and volunteer organizations receive consistent Criminal Record and Police Information Checks. Additionally, this helps balance public safety interests with the privacy and human rights of citizens.

The Abbotsford Police offers two types of Police Information Checks, Police Information Check - Vulnerable Sector and Police Information Check - non-Vulnerable Sector. The major changes from the previous policy are highlighted below:

Police Information Check – Vulnerable Sector

Applicants who work with the vulnerable sector will, at the request of their employer, receive a check that:

  • Includes a search of, at a minimum, CPIC, PIP, JUSTIN and PRIME records.
  • Discloses to the applicant all warrants, outstanding charges, convictions and adverse contact.
  • Does not include the disclosure of apprehensions under s. 28 of the Mental Health Act.
  • Does include adverse contact involving the threat or actual use of violence directed at other individuals, regardless of, but without disclosing, mental health status.
  • Does not include youth offences unless provided for under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
  • Does include information on a sexual offence conviction where a pardon or record suspension has been granted.

Police Information Check - non-Vulnerable Sector

Applicants who are not working with the vulnerable sector will, at the request of their employer, receive a check that:

  • Includes a search of, at a minimum, CPIC, PIP, JUSTIN and PRIME
  • Discloses to the applicant all warrants, outstanding charges and convictions.
  • Does not disclose adverse contact.
  • Does not include the disclosure of apprehensions under s. 28 of the Mental Health Act.
  • Does not include youth offences unless provided for under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

In cases where non-disclosable information indicates a significant threat to public safety, police agencies may either refuse to complete the check or take action under their duty to warn responsibilities.

Important Information to Note

The Abbotsford Police Department plays a neutral role in determining suitability regarding employment and/or volunteer risk assessment. By providing the service of a Police Information Check, the Abbotsford Police Department is in no way making a recommendation as to the suitability of the applicant for the position, nor should the agency consider the existence of police information to mean a compulsory disqualification of the individual. It is important to note that information contained within a Police Information Check is based in part upon information provided by the applicant and a police agency cannot guarantee it will identify all information pertaining to the individual.

A Police Information Check discloses more than just a record of convictions. Police incidences of an accusatory nature where an applicant was considered a suspect or where charges were recommended, but not approved by Crown Counsel, may also be disclosed. The length of time that such information will be disclosed is governed by provincial and federal retention periods.