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British Columbia Government Sets New Policy Guidelines for Police Information Checks

criminal-record-checkEmployers regularly request police information checks on job applicants and up until January 2015 the policy guidelines were revised. This is not to be confused with what is known as CPIC checks which are criminal record checks accomplished through the Royal Canadian Mounted Police authorities. It was common for police information checks to include information about mental health issues to include suicide attempts. These checks also included information about “adverse police contact” despite the fact that the individual may never have been charged or convicted of any offense.

The revised policy guidelines now differentiate between police information checks to individuals who are applying to work with “vulnerable” persons as opposed to any other position of employment.

It’s important to note that similar to the rules and regulations governing access and dissemination to CPIC checks the new policy guidelines have not been legislated but rather the expectation that law enforcement authorities in British Columbia will now conduct their information checks in accordance with the new policy guidelines.

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